By: Bem Jabez Ordedoo MO
Today in the Stakeholders meeting organised by the Benue State Government where the Inspector General of Police had addresed the people of Benue state, the Governor spoke frankly to the visiting Inspector General of police, Ortom who accussed the Inspector General over what he described as negligence, to complaints submitted from the Benue State Government at the police headquarters.
According to the Governor, there would be no going back on the issue of Ranching, in his words 'i am committed to this course'
Below are comments from those who responded.
CHIEF Edward Ujege
Mr IGP sir, Until you explain what you meant by "Comunal clashes" we are not going to trust you. And these questions have occupied our hearts since your arrival to the state.
Do you have a heart to fight these people?
Are you not compromised already?
Help us convey these words to the president, while insurgency erupted in the east the president ordered for a special military unit called operation Python Dance. We also demand for a special military operation in Benue. " i may be speaking rubbish but it's because the person who seem to be our shield has abandoned us.
Mr IGP, "the women have asked me to demand an unreseverd apology from you for referring to Benue state attacks as a communal clash. May i bring to your notice that the people killing us are not hoodlums, they are fulanis, we know the real fulanis who are staying at abuja and other big cities in Nigeria, these ones are just spies. Six fulanis are currently standing trial in the state, the people killing us are fulanis.
How could Audu Ogbeh, have suggested he is creating colonoies, we say no, the answer is ranching.
In Audu's local government, a catholic priest was killed by the fulani militia
Tell mr President, there would be no going back on the issue of Ranching"
"Sir your coming to the State is an insult on our sensibility, your DIG said on the television that the terrain is complex to the Nigerian police, are you now coming to clear the terrain? What we need here is a miliatary presence, we dont need you here, Audu Ogbeh is not representing us, he is representing his family.
"I have been to those affected areas, these people are not looking for grass to feed their cattles, their mandate is to kill and take over, if they were looking for grass, they wont carry arms with islamic inscriptions on them.
Sir dont let us be fooled into thinking that you are here to protect us, the federal government should also join us in creating ranches all over nigeria. Colonies and grazing reserves wont work, creation of grazing reserve is an evil plan. How do we sleep with people carrying sophisticated arms. Ranching is the only way out for us. Sir, the president sent you to benue, and you couldn't drive straight, you had to stop over at nasarawa state? We have lost confidence in your ability to protect us"
just yesterday, my village was attacked, my house was burnt down. Permit me to speak on the word integrity.
When you were to be appointed, so many senior ranking officers were sacked on the believe that you have integrity, do we believe on this or we should say, all that glitters is not gold? ,We voted overwhelmingly for mr president, is he saying, all that glitters is not gold?
Is it an offence that we have refused to hit back?
Tell mr president that his integrity is in question. Inform mr president that by 2019 we are going to vote against him overwhelmingly."
I want to start by asking this questiom, is the Governor of nassarawa state a friend or a foe. Nassarawa state has become a camping ground for our enemies, comissioner of police nassarawa state, what have you been doing?
IGP sir, are you here to ridicule us, if not you must arrest all the culprits before you leave.
Even yesterday, the leader of miyeti allah said on the television that our anti grazing law in benue is impracticable.
Now that you are here, go to these affected areas and see things for yourself.
Last year when agatu was affected and the fulanis ran to nasarawa state, the benue state assembly member from agatu reported to your office, (then you were commissioner from nassarawa state.) you said until you received information from the headquarters, today you are in the headquarters.IGP in clear terms you are not doing enough.
"sir if the nigerian police can not protect us, we will exercise our constitutonal right by defending ourselves, as a benue person, tell mr president that since he can not come to Benue to sympathize with us, he should forget the idea of coming here for campaigns by 2019"
"first i want to appreciate the president for sending you to Benue, i have been a priest in the most affected local government for 13 years, i have also been severally attacked myself, the president has made several intelligent appointments but who are those heading the security agencies, (the fulanis) When yusuf buhari, son to our president had an accident, our president was devastated, here in benue our 'yusufs' have been slaughtered"
"I want to welcome you to our state, on the controversy about your stop over at nasarwa, i want to believe that your stop over was to commune with the Tiv people over there.
I am happy you deployed troupes to Benue but we are keenly waiting to see the nature of instructuons that will be handed to the troupes.
Benue people are not interested in self defense, we are law abiding.We are promising to cooperate with you, we will however wait to see your modus operandi. It's not difficult to detect a genuine project.
Be informed that in our silence, we also have a God that can rise up and defend us"
in his final response the IGP resonded "what i meant was that we should try and learn to leave together, i can not condemn one tribe against the other, even on issues we are going to remain together.
On the need for millitary involvement, the police must work together with the military, when the need arises, it will be expected of assembly members from benue to write in that regard.
We have received reports from some stakeholders from benue, we are carrying out investigations and hopefully, the culprits are going to be arrested.
On the accusation that fulani militias are camped in nasarawa, we are going to deploy special investigation team to those areas.
in conclusion, the Governor appreciated the IGP for coming, he promised to stand by the IGP in trying to bring the perpetrators to book. The Governor donated 6 hilux van to aide the police during, to carry out their investigations.

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