Benue Killings: Akume Chides IGP Idirs


Senator George Akume representing Benue North senatorial district at the Senate on Wednesday chided the Inspector General of Police for failing to arrest killer herdsmen in Benue state and other parts of the country.

Akume who was speaking at the senate plenary session also accused the Inspector General of Police of not “showing detachment” through his comments following the killings by herdsmen in Benue state.

According to him, people are still being killed in Benue , Nassarawa, Taraba and Zamfara claiming that ” thousands of people moving with arms have not been arrested by the police .”

” The IGP has not been fair to Nigeria people whom he took an oath of office to protect. His comments are not based on professional soundness and they do not show any detachment and impartiality as far as this issue is concerned”. Akume said

The visibly angry Senator revealed that the killings by suspected herdsmen have nothing to do with religion as being speculated in some quarters but sighted economic benefits as the major cause.

” For me , it has nothing to do with religion but it has everything to do with mischief and perhaps its economic deterministic.”

Meanwhile the Senate rejected the report of its committee on Police Affairs headed by Senator Abu Ibrahim for failing to give fair hearing to Governor Samuel Ortom over the Benue killings

The senate had set up a joint committee on Police Affairs, National Security and Intelligence to look into the killings in Benue state on January 1 2018 . The committee however failed to hear from Governor Otom but gave audience to the Inspector General of Police Mr Ibrahim Idris.


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