Pulse NG (Not Post-Nigeria), has reported that in the heat of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris’ disobedience of a Presidential order to relocate to Benue State earlier, a photo that seemingly substantiates his insubordination has surfaced online.
Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari had on January 9, 2018, ordered Idris to relocate to Benue State, where clashes between farmers and herdsmen had claimed over 70 lives.
The IGP acted on the order the next day, as he moved to Benue State, but he did not stay there as instructed by the President. He reportedly directed the Deputy Inspector-General, Operations, Joshiak Habila, to take over, while he moved to Nasarawa State.
A photo released by the Cable online Media (Not Post-Nigeria), has now emerged, showing Idris cutting a cake on the occasion of his 59th birthday, which was on January 15, five days after he left his duty post in Benue State.
It is however not clear, if the birthday get-together took place in Abuja or Nasarawa State.
Over 50 more people have been reported dead in attacks carried out by herdsmen in the State, since Idris’ departure.
The IGP’s inaction came to light on Monday, March 12, when President Buhari visited Benue State, two months after he gave the order.
Buhari was told that Idris did not spend up to 24 hours in the State.
“I am not aware that the IG did not spend 24-hours in the State as directed by me, I am getting to know in this meeting”, the President had said.
As usual, criticisms have trailed the development, with the opposition reiterating that Buhari is incompetent, and out of tune with the realities in the country.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who is an ardent critic of the Buhari administration, said the President is ignorant of what goes on under his nose.
“What manner of a President will give the order to the IGP on January 9, only to be telling Nigerians on March 12 (2 months after), that he never knew that the IGP disobeyed his order?” Fayose asked.
Also, a former Governor of Benue State, George Akume, who was present at the meeting Buhari had with stakeholders in the State, said the Tiv people are angry with the President.
Akume said that Buhari’s body language towards the killings in Benue upset the ethnic group.
The President was in the State for a one-day official visit. He met with a select group of Benue indigenes before proceeding to Nasarawa state.
SOURCE: PULSE NG.
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Author: Amako Nneji