Police Deploy Riot Policemen To Benue

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, on monday, disclosed that four units of riot police (about 600 personnel) had been deployed to tackle the communal crisis in Benue State.

He announced this while addressing newsmen shortly before going into a closed-door meeting with Assistant Inspectors-General (AIGs) of Police.

The AIGs are in charge of the 12 police zonal commands across the country.

He said the meeting would review the security situation in states under the zones and adopt strategies to address them.

“As I talk to you today (Monday), I have four units of mobile policemen right from the headquarters inside the bush in Benue.

“They are led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations) and Commissioner of Police (Mobile Force); they are there to protect innocent people,’’ he said.

Abubakar listed the states ofBenue, Plateau, Taraba, Kaduna and parts of Zamfara as some of the locations in the North where there were communal clashes mostly between herdsmen and farmers.

He also said that difficult terrain, delay in getting information due to network problem and lack of police presence in those areas were some of the challenges in tackling the clashes.

“These attacks take place inside the bush; most of the people attacked are in the villages; sometimes the difficulties we encounter are in the terrain of the places.Secondly, information comes to the police very late,” he said.

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