Senate has rejected the report of Committee on Police Affairs and National Security & Intelligence over recent killings in Benue State saying it is “incomplete”.
Senate however asks the Committee headed by Senator Abu Ibrahim to go back and take testimony from Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom who was massively indicted by the report.
What was submitted to the Senate on Wednesday was based mainly on the testimony of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The report blames the recent disturbance in Benue on the Anti-Open Grazing Bill passed by the State.
The report notes that a total of 21 attacks were carried out; 10 of which were perpetrated by Tiv militia groups and the remaining 11 attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
The report also notes that Police had arrested about 144 suspects.
It offers few recommendations amongst which is a call for better funding for the Police.
In his contribution, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu asks Senate to invite the Governor of Benue for a balance view of events.
” Let us invite Governor Ortom for a balance view of what really transpired “, he said.
Senator George Akume from Benue Northwest faults the report especially the testimonies from the IGP.
He said the “report would have been so rounded if the Governor who has been massively accused was allowed to give his own side”.
Akume accuses the IGP of being bias pointing out that his comments have always been “jaundiced” and highly unprofessional and that what the IGP told Nigerians is “untrue and unfair”.
” As we speak, people are still being killed in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Zamfara”, he said.
Speaking, Senate President Bukola Saraki agrees the report is “incomplete” and needs to reflect the testimony of the Governor of Benue State.
The Abu Ibrahim led Committee was therefore asked to go back and complete the assignment.