President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the notion that he did nothing over the Benue killing tht led to mass burial of 73 victims of herdsmen attack.
I sent the Minister of Interior and the Deputy IGP in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
I took a briefing from the IGP briefed on the latest situation; calm had then been restored.
I got the Minister of Interior to meet with the following, Governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the State Security Services, IGP, CG Civil Defence, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Police Commissioners of the six aforementioned states.
After the meeting I instructed the Minister of Interior to brief you (Senate) on the information gathered so far and steps taken.
At a session with Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State, I was briefed on police arrests of some suspects.
In addition, I told him that how I instructed the Police to speed up trial of the suspects and give wide publicity of the police efforts.
At the instance of the governor, a meeting was held in the presidential villa with a wide cross-section of Benue personalities and frank and open discussions were held. Everybody appreciated the difficulties of this farmers-herders strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured justice would be done.
“To infer therefore that nothing has been done, is incorrect.
I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue state and redeploy forces to the most sensitive towns. The federal government is initiating measures to address these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequence of these attacks and forestall reoccurrence.