All hell broke loose on January 2, 2018 when Herdsmen ostensibly opened fire on residents in Akor Village of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, leaving in its trajectory over 20 persons, including a pregnant woman dead.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris was at the Presidential Villa on Friday, to brief the President, Muhammadu Buhari on security situation in the country and in the process of answering questions from State House Correspondents, he said that what happened in Akor Village of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State was a communal crisis. He said there was need for harmonious living among Nigerians.
Some people has misunderstood the statement credited to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris by saying he has written off the killings in Akor Village in Guma Local Government Area.
We will like those in the affected communities to know that as the Tiv people constitute a community so also do the Fulani people constitute a community and we believe it is not all Fulani who are herdsmen. So the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris is very correct to say what happened in Akor Village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State is a communal clash because it is when two or more communities have issues that is referred to as communal.
It will be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris through the Benue State Police Command has charged 6 Herdsmen to court before Magistrate, Isaac Ajim at the Chief Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Makurdi, Benue State in respect of the killings while the other two suspects arrested at a different scene of crime are being arraigned in court, so the talk on social and electronic media that the Inspector General of Police has written it off the matter as mere communal crisis is not true and cannot be substantiated.
It is on record that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has ordered Police Aerial Surveillance Helicopters, Five Units of Police Mobile Force; Police Special Forces have been deployed along with additional conventional Police Personnel, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams to Benue State to work with the Police Personnel on the ground. This is to bring new impetus to the efforts of the Force to nip in the bud further attacks in Benue State.