Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, yesterday, told the Senate that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had demonstrated bias in the handling of the herdsmen/ farmers crisis in the state.
Ortom made the accusation when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, to make his submissions on the Benue killings.
Although the meeting was in about two-hour’s behind closed door session, Ortom was said to have presented copies of letters he wrote notifying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and security agencies of the pending attacks by armed herdsmen in the state.
The meeting was held behind closed doors after the opening speech by Chairman of the committee, Senator Abu Ibrahim.
A source told our correspondent that Ortom maintained that the Inspector General of Police, had no business whatsoever in determining whether the anti- open grazing law the state enacted was good or bad. It was learnt that Ortom insisted that the IGP only had the constitutional mandate to uphold and enforce the law as made by the state.
According to the source: “Ortom also presented copies of the letters he wrote to security agencies, alerting them of the pending attacks.”
The attack, which was eventually carried out on January 1, resulted in the death of over 73 persons in two communities of Logo and Guma.
The Inspector General of Police had at a meeting with the committee on his level of compliance with the resolution to arrest the perpetrators of the attacks, blamed the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing law for the attacks.
The police boss also accused Ortom of making inflammatory statements that further incited violence, noting that by publicly displaying the bodies of the victims of the attacks the governor provoked mayhem and reprisal attacks.
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