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IGP apologizes over comments about Benue Massacre

IGP apologizes over comments about Benue Massacre

- IGP Idris has apologized to the indigenes of Benue state over a comment he made about the Benue Massacre

- Idris had reportedly referred to the episode as ‘communal clashes’, and the statement had drawn the ire of the people of the state

- The police chief stated that officers try to stay away from divisive statements, and that he was only trying to convey the need for Nigerians to live in peace

Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police, has tendered an apology to the people of Benue state for describing the New Year Day's killings carried out by herdsmen which led to the death of scores of citizens, as ‘communal clashes.’

Idris gave the apology during a town hall meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, on Wednesday, January 9.

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According to Idris, he was only trying to state that all Nigerians should live peaceably with each other.

He stated: “I apologize (to the Benue people) for the misconception of the statement I made at a press conference in Abuja.

“I was only trying to convey a message that Nigerians should live together in peace. As policemen, we try to avoid divisive statements."

The IGP’s previous statement was also criticized by speaker-after-speaker at the town hall meeting.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a group, the Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI), called for the immediate termination of the appointment of IGP Ibrahim Idris, over his statement on the killings in Benue state.

The statement by the IGP has since raised dust among the youths of the state who considered his words as "irresponsible", "unprofessional" and "misleading".

The executive director of GOPRI, Melvin Ejeh, while addressing the youths in North Central said the group disagreed with the IGP's conclusion.

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