​Senate gives Inspector General 14 days to fish out Benue killers

Senators met with the President last night on the security situation in the land.
They presented to him their resolution after a six-hour debate of the report of a committee that examined the Benue State killings and its aftermath.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who led the delegation to the Villa, said that the President received the team and its briefs very well.

Also yesterday, the Senate mandated Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to fish out perpetrators of the killings within 14 days.

Seventy-three bodies were buried last week in Makurdi – they were victims of the January 1 attacks on communities in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue State.

Taraba State also said it lost 55 people to attacks by herdsmen, who are also claiming to have lost lives and cattle.

President Muhammadu Buhari, after a meeting with Benue State leaders on Monday, directed security agents to fish out the killers.

The resolutions followed the consideration of an interim report on the Benue killings submitted by an ad hoc committee headed by Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan.

Senate President Bukola Saraki said the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, must act on the resolution. The Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice should be prepared to prosecute the masterminds of the mayhem, the Senate said.

The police said yesterday they had accepted the challenge.

On behalf of the IG, police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said: “We are very optimistic of making good progress even before 14 days.

“Before now, the President had given firm directives and our investigation processes are moving expeditiously.

“We had eight suspects and more have been brought in.”

Saraki said: “We took almost six hours to deliberate. It shows that it goes beyond religion and ethnicity. It shows that there is breakdown of law and order. If we fail to act, it will be an indictment. We want immediate action. One of the issues is justice. Without justice, there can be no peace.

“I think that we owe to the President to tell him what we have discussed. This is a wake-up call on the President and on all of us. We must be seen to be doing something.

“The President must act. Those responsible must be held accountable. Military all the time cannot be the solution. The military is being over stretched. That is not good for us. Most importantly action must begin to happen to show Nigerian that we are not just talking. We need to ensure that this never happens again. We need to restore hope.”