The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has blamed the anti-grazing law implemented by the Benue State Government as the cause of the crises which claimed no less than 73 lives in Logo and Guma local government areas of the state early in the New Year.
Consequently, he requested that the anti-grazing law should be put on hold until ranches are established.
Idris said these on Friday when he met with the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to brief them on his level of compliance with the Senate directive to apprehend the perpetrators of the Benue attacks and hand them over to the state Attorney General for prosecution.
The Senate had given the police boss a 14-day ultimatum to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the killing of 73 residents in Benue State.
Following his inability to make the arrests as well as give updates on the issue, the Senate on Wednesday resolved to summon Mr. Idris, to give explanations as it vowed not to overlook the matter.
Yesterday, when he appeared before the senate committee on police, Idris explained the efforts of the police to quell killings.
A source at the meeting which Idris had with the lawmakers quoted him as saying the clashes between farmers and herdsmen escalated because of the anti-grazing law.
“He (IGP) said the anti-grazing law is the issue and that it should be stopped temporarily but brought back after the ranches have been put in place by the federal government,” the source said.
“He blamed the escalation of the clashes on the implementation of the anti-grazing law.”
The source added that the IGP said about 140 people had been arrested in connection with Benue killings.
“He said that about 140 people have been arrested so far and most of them have been charged to court for prosecution. And he said that investigations are still ongoing for those who are yet to be charged to court,” the source said.