Following a stern directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police has moved to Benue State to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis from escalating and spreading in the state.
The IGP moved into Benue state with additional five units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), making a total of ten units of PMF deployed in the State, which is in addition to other Police formations on the ground in the state before the crisis.
The Force PRO, (CSP), Jimoh Moshood, who disclosed this said “More units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen are already being deployed to the state as at yesterday to comply in totality with the presidential order.
“The Aerial Surveillance by Police Helicopters will continue, while the Police Mobile Force Personnel, Police Special Forces and conventional Police Personnel, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams already deployed to Benue State will carry on un-relentlessly with the patrols and crime prevention activities in the affected areas to sustain the normalcy that have been restored in the state”.
The FPRO also stated that the Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble makers, any group or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis.
“The full weight of the law will be applied on anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State”, he added.