Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

IGP Refusal to Relocate to Benue: I'm Surprise

IGP Refusal to Relocate to Benue: I'm Surprise

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to meet with the state Governor Samuel Ortom and other stakeholders.

He said the sending of two delegations to assess the extent of damage caused in the state as a result of herdsmen and farmers' conflict ahead of the President's visit was a sign of hope that the IDPs would return to their homes soon.

President Buhari who was visiting the state for the first time since suspected herdsmen struck the state on New Year's Day, killing 73 and reigniting the debate over the herdsmen-farmers clashes, said he was just learning of the alleged noncompliance by the IGP.

He, however, said that the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbours. He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.

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Buhari appealed to the people to pay more attention to farming, especially rice cultivation, saying that rice importation had dropped by 90 per cent since some states embarked on massive production of the commodity. He, however, noted that a collective effort is required to maintain peace and security.

During the visit of the state governor, Samuel Ortom to the affected community on Tuesday he had announced mass burial for the victims of the herdsmen attack.

The governor denied allegations that the Benue State government was keeping and training a militia group to fight Fulani herdsmen in the Benue.

"Whether that person is loyal to you or not is totally a different thing", President Buhari said. "People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that".

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River Benue to create more economic activities for increased jobs for the youths.

Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Terhemen Kyange, called on President Buhari to intervene in the reconstruction of federal roads cutting across the state that are in bad sharp.

Ortom disclosed the president's planned visit during the state working committee of All Progressive Congress, APC on Thursday.

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