Benue Killings: I Just Discovered IGP Idris Disobeyed My Directive, Buhari Says As Fayose Reacts

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directive and this was not made known to him until today.

Mr. Buhari said that he was surprised at the revelation that the IGP did not spend 24 hours in Benue, when he directed him to relocate to the state and remain there till peace was restored.

Buhari’s claim differs from his earlier insinuation that he needs not visit violence hit areas to know what is happening there as he was always following events as they occurred.

“I am here (Taraba) to meet with the leadership of the state, to offer my condolences to those who lost loved ones and properties in violence.

“People, sometimes expect me to rush out to the fields, to go and make noise.

“But I have my ways of gathering intelligence. I get to know what is happening across the country without necessarily going to those areas,” Buhari said while visiting Taraba last Monday.

But Buhari, who met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi today as part of his visits to troubled states however, denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to Benue state.

“I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them.

“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.

In his address, the President appealed to the people to pay more attention to farming, especially rice cultivation, saying that rice importation had dropped by 90 per cent since some states embarked on massive production of the commodity.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has critised the Mr. Buhari over his recent comment that he was unaware that the IGP flouted his order.

“What manner of a President will give order to the IGP on January 9, only to be telling Nigerians on March 12 (2 months after) that he never knew that the IGP disobeyed his order? Does this President really know anything about happenings around him, not to talk about Nigeria?” he queried.