Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has relocated the country’s police chief, Ibrahim Idris to the violence-stricken Benue State in a bid to stem the upsurge of violence in the area.
The violence stems from renewed tensions between the nomads and settled farmers over land in the region which has seen 90 people killed and over 80,000 people displaced.
In a statement released by the Police Forces’ Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood partly reads, “In compliance with the Presidential directives, the IGP is moving into Benue state with additional Five (5) Units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) making a total of Ten (10) Units of PMF deployed in the State which is in addition to other Police formations on the ground in the State before the crisis.”
Benue State is a state in the mid-belt region of Nigeria with a population of about 4,253,641 in 2006 census. It is inhabited predominantly by the Tiv, Idoma and Igede peoples, who speak the Tiv language, Idoma, and Igede respectively.