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IGP to Tor Tiv: We will apprehend, prosecute perpetrators

*All we want is security of lives and properties

Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of new year killings in Benue. He assured the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, in his palace.

Kpotun-Idris solicited for the cooperation of the traditional institution in the state in ending the Fulani herdsmen menace.

The Tor Tiv with the IGP during the visit
The Tor Tiv with the IGP during the visit

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered the I-G to move to Benue, to restore law and order and forestall the crisis from escalating.

Idris, who made the promise when he visited the Tor Tiv-in-Council, during stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, assured that anyone involved in the killings would be brought to book.

The police boss said the meeting was geared toward finding lasting solution to the crisis that bedevilled some communities of the state.

He said police would not rest until the perpetrators of the killings were arrested.

He added that “I want to assure you that the police will not rest on its oars until these hoodlums are apprehended and brought to justice.

“We are conducting investigation into the killings and will take appropriate action against perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Senior police officers who followed the IGP on the visit
Senior police officers who followed the IGP on the visit

“I want to assure you that police have put in place security measures to checkmate activities of miscreants

Idris also promised to take appropriate action against anyone carrying arms around.

He enjoined the people to give the police actionable intelligence that would lead to further arrest of criminal elements.

The I-G, who kicked against the clamour for deployment of the military, said they could only intervene when the police was overwhelmed.

He said the force had deployed 660 personnel from some units to complement the security architecture in Benue.

He noted that the force was determined to create safe and secured environment for the people of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

In his response, the Tor Tiv assured the Inspector General  if his Council and the people of the state by giving useful and timely information to the Police. All we want is the security of lives and property of our people.

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