Benue: Nigerians Demand Sacking Of Police IG Over Disobedience Of Presidential Order

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Nigerians on social media have reacted angrily to news that Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris flouted a presidential order to relocate to Benue.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered Idris to relocate to Benue on January 9 to help coordinate efforts after 73 persons were murdered by suspected herdsmen on New Year’s Day.

While meeting stakeholders as part of his condolence visit to the state on Monday, the president expressed surprise that Idris did not stay up to 24 hours.

Some stakeholders in the state had reportedly informed the president that Idris left the state for Nasarawa in less than 24 hours after his arrival.

But many Nigerians on social media expressed displeasure with the police boss’s action, with some describing it as insubordination and a sign of disrespect for the office of the president.

They therefore called for the sacking of the police chief.

However, some other commentators described the IG’s action and the president’s failure to spot his defiance earlier as indicative of the president’s inability to effectively govern the country.

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