Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Benue killings: I'm surprised IGP Idris disobeyed my directive

Benue killings: I'm surprised IGP Idris disobeyed my directive

Governor Ortom said the sending of two delegations to assess 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.

To show their displeasure with Buhari, the Benue people populated mostly by Tivs refused to welcome the president to their state with cheers as depicted by these pictures.

This is the President's first visit to the state months after the New Year killings which claimed the lives of over 70 people leading to criticisms over his failure to visit the State immediately.

"I can not overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria".

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. I can not do that. I didn't know he moved here (Benue State) and didn't spend ... and then moved to Nasarawa.

He denied insinuations that he overlooked the killings that happened in Benue, saying he is genuinely anxious over them.

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"What I did was to call him and give him (a) directive".

Our correspondent noted that security operatives from Abuja took over the activities at the state's seat of government.

He was earlier scheduled to visit the Tor-Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and also visit the Exercise Cat Race Camp including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps in Gbajimba, Guma LGA headquarters.

Benue State has been at the centre of the Fulani Herdsmen crisis, recording more than 120 deaths in 2018 alone.

Akume expressed the anger of the Tivs with the president over the way and manner he handled herdsmen killings in the state.

President Buhari was surprised that Idris breached his order.

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