IG deploys 15 police units, special forces in Benue

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed 15 more police units, special forces, and technical and intelligence teams to contain further attacks in Benue State.

Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni spoke yesterday.

He said: “The Inspector-General is seriously committed to ending the killings in the state and the country. It is that commitment that informed the reinforcement of our command to nip crime and killings in the bud.

“The IG has continued to support us. As of today, 15 units’ squadrons from 15 states have been deployed to support the existing officers on ground. Police Special Forces, Intelligence and Technical teams were also deployed.”

Owoseni added that the command has rescued the non-commissioned officer (NCO), who was missing in weekend’s attack on Yogbo, Guma Local Government Area.

According to him, the officer is “unhurt, his weapon safe, in high spirits and has rejoined his colleagues.”

The commissioner said that security operatives were able to flush out the mercenaries from the community and hoped to sustain the success.

He said peace had been restored in Yogbo, adding that the command has deployed forces in “Kwande, Agatu, Gboko, Makurdi, Buruku, Katsina-Ala, Gwer West and Vandeikya councils for proactive measures”.

Two persons have been killed by suspected Fulani militia in Waku village, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

Waku village is the country home of Senator Joseph Waku, the chairman, Governing Council, Federal University, Akure, Ondo State.

Owoseni and Chairman of Guma council Anthony Shawon, who addressed a news conference yesterday, said two people were killed and others sustained injuries.

Many houses were burnt also.