President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is not aware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, left Benue State for Nasarawa State after he was ordered to relocate to the state, thus disobeying his orders.
The President said this on Monday during a meeting with some stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
According to THEWILL the President, on January 9, ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately move to Benue State to restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, due to attacks by herdsmen in the state.
Although the IGP visited Benue after the President’s directive, the state government accused him of spending only one day in the state and then proceeding to Nasarawa State and spending several days there.
This generated a war of words between the governor and the IGP which got the attention of the Senate, especially after the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Moshood Jimoh, described the governor as a drowning man.
“What I did was to call him and gave him a directive. And I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend time and then moved to Nasarawa,” the President lamented.
“It’s only now that I am knowing that. But I know I dispatched him here.
“At every level, you have to be loyal to people below you. Whether that person is loyal to you or not is totally a different thing.
“The easiest thing for me was to go on air and accuse the IGP of being too slow and not using the intelligence and resources available to him to foresee the action of the cattle rearers and so on. People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that.”
The President however, assured the people of Benue that he cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria saying he is genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.