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Benue killings: IGP, Idris apologises for comment

*Arrives Benue after Buhari’s order

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday apologised to the people of Benue State for referring to the recent Fulani herdsmen attack that led to loss of several lives as communal clash.

Idris explained that he was apologising for the misconception of the statement, noting that all he was trying to do was to convey a message that all Nigerians should be able to live together in peace.

The police boss spoke while addressing a town hall meeting at the new banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.

According to Idris, “I apologise (to the Benue people) for the misconception of the statement I made at a press conference in Abuja. I was only trying to convey a message that Nigerians should live together in peace. As policemen, we try to avoid divisive statements.”

Several speakers at the meeting had earlier berated the police boss for describing the herdsmen attacks on Benue communities as a mere communal clashes.

Among those who spoke include, Chief Edward Ujege representing the three Socio cultural groups, Terrence Kwaghnongu representing the youths and Mrs. Rebecca Apedzan representing the women.

Idris arrived Makurdi, the State capital on Wednesday and was received by the Acting Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, at the State Police Headquarters.

A tweet on the official social media handle of the Nigerian Police Force reads, “INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, IGP IBRAHIM K. IDRIS HAS ARRIVED BENUE STATE.

“IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni has arrived Benue State. He was received by the AIG in charge of Zone 4 (Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau) at the Zone 4 Headquarters in Makurdi.”

Recall that Buhari had ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately relocate to Benue State to restore law and order, following killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

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