Benue people unhappy with you Mr President - Ex-Governor

Benue killings: I'm surprised IGP Idris disobeyed my directive – Buhari

Buhari had asked Idris to relocate to Benue shortly after 73 persons were killed in January by herdsmen. He, however, noted that a collective effort is required to maintain peace and security. "I am quite surprised", he said.

Tor Tiv expressed dismay over responses of some service chiefs in the country on security issues, saying, people in such positions should be restrained in making statements that can trigger crises especially as it relates to security.

He, however, said that the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbours.

During the visit of the state governor, Samuel Ortom to the affected community on Tuesday he had announced mass burial for the victims of the herdsmen attack.

The president, who met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi, denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to the North-Central state.

Apart from Taraba and Benue, he is also expected to visit Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where cases of terror attacks and clashes have been recorded.

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Also the President's scheduled visit to the Internally Displaced People's camp at Gbamjiba, in the Guma Local Government Area was reportedly put off.

Responding, representative of the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation, Mr John Owoicho, commended the state government for effectively managing disasters, as he disclosed that by the Committee's rating, Benue was leading in that direction.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

Akputu appealed to the president to compensate and rebuild the homes of the displaced farmers to enable them go back to farming, now that the rain is approaching.

About 30 correspondents from various media organisations are in the state, but only seven handpicked media organisations were allowed to cover the President's visit.

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