It is too early to blame ISIS for Benue violence – Police
– The police say those responsible for the attacks in Benue will be brought to justice
– Security report claims members of ISIS have infiltrated Nigeria
– President Buhari promises that the government would work more to accelerate and increase momentum in agriculture
The police have said they would not attribute the Benue killings to anyone or group, but would instead go after the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, made the statement on Monday, January 22, when reacting to claims by the DSS that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) terrorists were responsible for the carnage in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and other states in the country, The Punch reports.
He said it was too early to conclude that members of the terrorist network, Islamic State in West Africa, were responsible for the violent attacks and bloodshed in Benue and other north-central states.
He said: “Investigation would show (ISWA involvement in the killings), it is too early to draw a conclusion, but whatever it is, the truth is everybody who is committing crime would be arrested and so, we don’t want to harp on anybody, group or organisation to make it difficult to process, but a criminal is a criminal.”
It was reported that security operatives had identified the infiltration of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) in Nigeria’s north-central and south-south.
Reports revealed that a “good number” of the Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Edo, specifically in Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin as well as in Okene, in Kogi.
Security service organisations who are carrying out surveillance and arrest included the Department of State Service (DSS).
According to the The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the information was contained in a security report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari recently by the affected security service outfits.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration remains resolute and focused on delivering on the three-pronged promises of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians, halting the pillage of the economy by corrupt public officials, and creating employment opportunities for the youths.
President Buhari stated this when he received the board of directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group at the State House in Abuja, on Monday, January 22, adding that the initial economic challenge posed by recession was already dwindling, with the economy smarting out and posting better results on falling inflation rates, higher foreign reserve and better ranking on ease of doing business.
Buhari promised that the government would work more to accelerate and increase momentum in agriculture, power, gas, manufacturing and processing, while commending the Chinese government for its support in improving infrastructure in Nigeria.
He assured Nigerians that the rising attacks on communities by herdsmen will soon be brought under control by security forces deployed to the vulnerable areas across the country.