STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
FOR THE RECORDS:
LETTER BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI TO SENATE PRESIDENT, BUKOLA SARAKI, ON BENUE KILLINGS, DATED JANUARY 25, 2018
I thanks in your letter Reference NASS/8S/R/01 /33 dated 18th January, 2018 and I’ve rigorously studied the resolutions and feedback contained therein.
2. As I briefed you and the Rt. Hon. Speaker once we met on the 14th January, 2018, a number of programs of motion had already been taken previous to the Senate Resolutions. You could recall that I instructed you of the next steps taken as quickly as info got here to me in regards to the Benue killings.
On Thursday 4th January, I despatched the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector General of Police accountable for Operations for an on the spot evaluation of the scenario.
On Friday, fifth January, the Inspector General of Police briefed me verbally on the most recent scenario. Calm had by then been restored.
(iii) On Monday eighth the Minister of Interior met with the next:
Governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa States along with
Director General of the State Security Services (DG SSS)
Inspector General of Police
Commandant General, Civil Defence
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Commissioners of Police from the six aforementioned states
Comptrollers of Civil Defence from the six aforementioned states.
three. After the assembly I instructed the Minister of lnterior to temporary you on the data gathered to this point and steps taken. On Tuesday ninth January, I had a protracted session with Governor Ortom of Benue State throughout which I knowledgeable him of police arrest of some suspects with Kalashnikovs. In addition, I instructed him that I had instructed the IGP to hurry up trial and prosecution of the suspects and provides broad publicity to the police efforts.
four. At the request of the Governor a gathering was held within the Presidential Villa on 15th January, with a large – cross – part of Benue personages the place frank and open discussions have been held and everyone within the assembly appreciated the complexity and difficulties of this farmer/herder strife. I assured one and all of my dedication to make sure that justice is expeditiously accomplished.
5. To infer, subsequently that nothing has been accomplished is wrong. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the remainder of the culprits of those heartless killings. Furthermore, I’ve instructed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue State, redeploy forces to essentially the most delicate areas. The Federal Government is initiating extra measures to handle these and different safety challenges, alleviate the implications of those assaults and forestall reoccurrence. The Senate Resolutions itemised in your letter will probably be considered and I’m instructing all related MDAs to issue them of their work.
6. Earlier, on December 19th 2017 to be exact, whereas receiving the Report of the Committee which I had set as much as evaluation the operational, technical and administrative construction of the National intelligence Agency (NIA), I underscored the necessity to evaluation the complete nationwide safety structure – as I promised in my inaugural Address on 29th May, 2015. Action is being initiated and I count on to obtain most cooperation from the Senate, in step with paragraph (iii) of the Senate Resolutions.
7. Please settle for, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.