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Buhari, IGP meet over Benue, Rivers killings


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over security situations in the country.

Several people have been killed in many parts of the country including Benue and Rivers States in the last few days.

Speaking with State House journalists after the meeting with the President, Idris said: “You know any time we meet Mr. President you know the area of discussion is how to have effective security of the nation.

“You know I deployed my DIG there yesterday (Thursday) and you know we have different stages of police, you have the AIG in Benue, Commissioner of Police in Benue and all of them are putting their heads together to see how we address this issue of community problems in Benue.

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On the herdsmen killings, he added: “Like I said, you know we have different levels of police in this country. We have the Commissioner of Police in Benue, the AIG of Police in Benue, and yesterday I deployed my DIG operations there and definitely we are doing all we can to see we maintain law and order in all parts of the country.”

“Let’s use the example of Benue, you know most of these states where you have several languages, you know is an issue of communal misunderstanding.

“I think what we should be praying for is for Nigerians to learn to live in peace with each other, I think that is very important.”

“You know every time we meet with the President he gives a charge. He said that we should go and take care and ensure that we tighten our security.

“There are so many measures. For instance in Benue we are going to deploy more units to support the efforts the police is making in the state to ensure we have adequate protection to the men and communities and members.”

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