- The inspector general of police has revealed steps taken by the police in resolving crisis in Benue state
- Ibrahim Idris said the police initiated dialogues with both herdsmen, farmers and other stakeholders in the state
- He said he was in was in Benue state to have meetings with all parties involved in the crisis and that the meetings were already yielding results
The inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, February 16, said the police has taken steps to resolve the crisis in Benue state.
Idris said the police began dialogues with herdsmen and farmers with a view to restoring peace in the state, Vanguard reports.
Speaking at the launch of his book titled: "Security and Justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria", Idris said he was in Benue state to have meetings with all parties involved in the crisis.
He said the Benue state police command has also established 15 units within the state to curb possible outrage or reprisals.
Idris said: “The challenges we are having with these herdsmen have gone down. In Benue, we have 15 Police units on ground and I have been monitoring their successes. I was in Benue and we have been having stakeholders’ meetings, we have been discussing.
Based on this, people have been coming openly to state their problems and it is through these means that we can understand each other and reconcile our differences.
The farmers/herders clashes, the challenges of assassination for various reasons, the challenges of conflicts among the divergent communities which often times take dangerous dimensions and occur along the fault lines of ethnic, religious, regional and political differences between the divergent groups and communities.
These challenges if not properly managed at the pace we are going, coupled with inflammatory and inciting statements ,will tear this country apart and drag us into an unending crisis.
As the IGP, it is my responsibility to put sufficient security architecture in place to manage the challenges aforementioned. I can say with confidence that the emplaced preventive and detective strategies have been largely successful in managing the situation based on my achievement so far," Idris noted.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom said Benue killings might have been prevented if those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties had acted promptly.
He described the frequent attacks by herdsmen as a national problem.
Ortom said he will not remain silent but continue to voice out over the on-going killings in Benue state until the people of the state get justice.
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