IGP apologizes over comments about Benue Massacre

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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has apologised to the people of Benue State, over his comment on the herdsmen attacks on some of the communities in the state, which left over 70 dead in the past days.

The police chief said his comment that the herdsmen attacks is a communal crisis in the state were misinterpreted.

Idris spoke on the issue while addressing a town hall meeting in Makurdi, after relocating to the Benue State capital as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday.

Speakers after speakers had accused the Inspector General of Police during the stakeholders meeting, of being insensitive for describing attacks and killings by the herdsmen, as communal crisis, instead of genocidal attack.

But the police chief explained that what he meant by making the comment was that there is the need for a peaceful co-existence, adding that as a police officer he cannot make divisive comment.

He said, “I apologize (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.” 

Idris also promised to act on the allegation that the killer herdsmen are based in Nasarawa State.

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