Benue Govt Insists IGP Must Resign Or Be Sacked After ‘Lies’

Ignatius Igwe  
Updated February 6, 2018
Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase


The Benue State Government has insisted that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris resigns from office or be sacked by the Federal Government.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He questioned the competence of the IGP following violent attacks in the state that have left many dead and displayed several others.

“When you have an IG who is not interested in telling the truth then there is a problem,” he said while reiterating the governor’s call for the resignation or sacking of the IGP.

“It is not coming only from the governor, it is coming from the people of Benue State who have lost confidence in him as a person; that he has not been able to discharge his duties as the chief police officer of this country. He said the disappointment of the people of the state is rooted in the “lies that the current IGP has told,” the CPS said.

He said further that the state had contributed to human personnel in the Force because of the confidence it has in the Nigeria Police.

“Benue people have confidence in the police force generally and had contributed to it as a part of the country, Akase said, “When you have an IG who is not interested in telling the truth then there is a problem.”

Listing the what he described as lies by the IGP, he said, “First, he said the problem in Benue is a communal clash which is not true. It is an invasion, it is a deliberate attempt to kill the people of Benue by herdsmen. When he (the IGP) was directed by the President to move to Benue, he went to Benue, spent a day and relocated to Nasarawa State.

“He said he has been in Benue but that is not true. The people of Benue told him facts when he held a stakeholders’ meeting. He has not told Nigerians what the People of Benue told him.”

Akase also said neither the IGP nor the police have come out to reject comments credited to him in newspaper reports of his meeting with the Senate.

Since the implementation of the Anti-Grazing law signed by Governor Ortom, there have been clashes between the farmers and suspected herdsmen leading to the loss of lives and properties.

Despite the IGP’s deployment to quell the violence in the state by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is obvious that a lasting solution is yet to be achieved as the residents of the state is yet to completely recover from the shock of the mass burial of over 70 indigenes.

Akase explained, “Another lie is that he said the problem of Benue is the Open Grazing Prohibition Law which is a lie. Benue had been attacked almost 50 times before this law came into existence.

“So, the problem, cannot, it is certainly not the law. We have had attacks in Adamawa State, in Kaduna State, in Edo State, in Enugu State, in Ebonyi and many other states where the law does not exist.

“So, the police cannot say that it is the law that is the problem in Benue State. So, the IGP is not telling us the truth.”