Benue: Buhari queries IG, de­mands full re­port of po­lice op­er­a­tions

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Olalekan Ade­tayo, Abuja

PRES­I­DENT Muham­madu Buhari on tues­day sum­moned the in­spec­tor­gen­eral of Po­lice, ibrahim idris, to the Pres­i­den­tial Villa, Abuja.

Buhari seized the op­por­tu­nity of the en­counter to query idris for flout­ing his di­rec­tive that he should re­lo­cate to Benue State fol­low­ing the killings recorded in the state.

The meet­ing was said to have lasted about 30 min­utes af­ter which idris left the Pres­i­den­tial Villa with­out talk­ing to any­body.

A source in the Pres­i­dency told jour­nal­ists last night, “Po­lice ig, idris, was the first caller this (tues­day) morn­ing at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa ap­par­ently to ex­plain his flout­ing of the Pres­i­dent’s or­der to re­main in Benue at the height of the clash be­tween farm­ers and herds­men.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari who is be­lieved to have sum­moned the IG, re­ceived him in a pri­vate au­di­ence. the ig left about 30 min­utes af­ter with­out speak­ing to any­one.

“It is be­lieved the Pres­i­dent de­manded for a full re­port on po­lice op­er­a­tions till date af­ter which he will make fur­ther de­ci­sions.

“There is a re­newed re­solve to make sure that the killings and bad se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Benue State abate.”

the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Public­ity, Garba Shehu, con­firmed the meet­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent.

Shehu how­ever re­fused to dis­close de­tails of the meet­ing.

Mean­while, the Pres­i­dency had ear­lier on tues­day said Pres­i­dent Buhari would first ask Idris to de­fend him­self against the al­le­ga­tion of dis­obey­ing a pres­i­den­tial or­der be­fore tak­ing any ac­tion on the al­le­ga­tion.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Public­ity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had said this while an­swer­ing ques­tions dur­ing a ra­dio pro­gramme, Po­lit­i­cal Plat­form, on Ray­power FM.

Buhari had dur­ing a meet­ing with stake­hold­ers in Makurdi dur­ing his visit to Benue State on Mon­day said he was not aware that Idris ig­nored his in­struc­tion to re­lo­cate to the state when the re­cent killings started.

“But I did not know that the ig did not stay in the state. i am get­ting to know this at this meet­ing. I am quite sur­prised,” the Pres­i­dent had said when he was told that idris did not spend 24 hours in the state.

Adesina said it would not have been proper for Buhari to act on the mat­ter im­me­di­ately the al­le­ga­tion was made.

He said be­ing a fair-minded man; the Pres­i­dent would give idris the op­por­tu­nity to de­fend him­self against the al­le­ga­tion be­fore tak­ing the next step.

He said, “the Pres­i­dent should act im­me­di­ately and not hear­ing from the other side? that will not be proper. A fa­ther does not act like that.

“Even in the home, if there is an al­le­ga­tion from some­body, you lis­ten to the other side be­fore you will do what­ever you will do.

“the ig, as of yes­ter­day (mon­day) I knew was out of the coun­try. that al­le­ga­tion came from Benue peo­ple. Know­ing the Pres­i­dent as a fair-minded man, he is go­ing to lis­ten to the IG, he is go­ing to ask him to de­fend him­self and then the next step.”

On why it should be the peo­ple that would draw the Pres­i­dent’s at­ten­tion to the ig’s at­ti­tude when he is sup­posed to know how his ap­pointees carry out his or­ders, Adesina said it meant that Buhari was not om­ni­scient.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman added, “it sim­ply tells you that the Pres­i­dent is not om­ni­scient. No hu­man be­ing is om­ni­scient, it is only God that is om­ni­scient: He knows all things.

“The Pres­i­dent said last week that he had his chan­nels of get­ting in­for­ma­tion apart from se­cu­rity re­ports he re­ceives as Pres­i­dent but it does not mean that he gets every in­for­ma­tion un­der the sun.

“Even in the best coun­tries in the world, the su­per­pow­ers, there are still se­cu­rity breaches.”

Adesina also faulted those say­ing the IG episode had fur­ther ex­posed the Pres­i­dent as not be­ing in con­trol of his gov­ern­ment.

He said the fact re­mained that Buhari was in full charge of the gov­ern­ment and he had been run­ning it ef­fi­ciently.

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