For a president who loves reading the newspapers, there was something off about President Muhammudu Buhari’s claim on Monday that he was unaware the police inspector general, Ibrahim Idris, defied him by refusing to relocate to Benue at the peak of the killings in that state.
The president had ordered Idris to relocate to the state on January 9, but according to Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom, the IGP only showed his face for 24 hours before skipping town to neighbouring Nasarawa state.
Three quick questions which still do not make sense:
- The story was all over the news, so how come the president never heard it till Monday?
- Is it that Buhari did not seek for updates from the IGP following the directive? Could he not have known then that the IGP was not on ground in the state?
- Considering that the president travelled to Benue this week to hear firsthand from the people about the security challenges, how come the IGP did not accompany him on the visit to take notes?
On Tuesday, Buhari reportedly summoned Idris to the presidential villa over his breach of the presidential directive. According to NAN, Idris was at the villa to explain his flouting of the President’s order.
President Buhari received him in a private audience and the IGP left about 30 minutes later without speaking to anyone.
‘”`It is believed that the president demanded for a full report on police operations till date after which he will make further decisions. There is a renewed resolve to make sure that the killings and bad security situation in Benue State abates,’’ a source said to NAN.
However we cannot independently confirm the agenda of that meeting. It could have been about a number of things aside from the Benue incident. Nobody in the presidency has gone on record to verify it. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu who confirmed that a meeting held between Buhari and Idris, did not disclose details.