Senator Links Killings To Libya
Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, yesterday urged the Federal Government to investigate if fleeing remnants of Boko Haram insurgents and displaced soldiers from Libya were involved in the Benue State killings.
The Committee Chairman, Senator Abu Ibrahim, speaking with select journalists thursday said the investigation is necessary considering that normal Fulani herdsmen are not known to possess sophisticated weapons.
He said the investigation becomes imperative because a “normal Fulani herdsman is not known to carry AK47 riffle.”
Ibrahim said: “We have to seriously investigate this. A normal Fulani man is not known to carry AK47. The security agencies should probe whether the defeated Boko Haram insurgents were involved; whether the Gaddafi phenomenon has spilled over to Nigeria. It should be considered whether displaced Libyan soldiers had a hand in what happened because it is not easy to acquire AK47.”
He also noted that whatever the reasons are, it is necessary that the security agencies get a hold of the situation and stop the killings, before other variables cause further complications and escalate the crises.
“The police officers are doing their best, and with the deployment of soldiers and heavy police presence, they should be able to be on top of the situation to ensure that normalcy returns to the state,” Ibrahim said.
The lawmaker also dismissed insinuations that the executive, under President Muhammadu Buhari is not committed to stopping the attacks because he is a Fulani man like the herdsmen.
“It is not true because the president has taken steps to bring the situation under control. He has deployed soldiers to Benue State, he ordered the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue. He as taken other measures that may not be for public consumption.
“It is therefore wrong for anybody to say that the president is not interested in what happened in the state. When the president saw that the police effort was not bring effected result, he promptly deployed soldiers,” the lawmaker added.