Benue State Police Command has acted in response to the report accusing the X-squad Unit of Police of looting and manhandling of staff of the Benue State Internal Revenue Services (BIRS).
It was alleged that the Squad took to manhandling Mrs. Mimi Orubibi, the Executive Chairman of BIRS for refusing to release the sum of N10 million to the Squad.
It was also alleged that the new Commander of the Squad demanded the money from BIRS claiming that it was an order from the Inspector General of Police.
The actions of the X-squad Unit allegedly triggered protest, with the youths of the state burning tyres and blocking major roads leading to Markurdi, the Benue State Capital.
The State Police PRO, Moses Yamu, while reacting on the issue said the command had started investigation on what led to the invasion and assault on the BIRS staff.
“The Inspector General of Police’s order is that all Police action must conform with the rule of law and respect the fundamental rights of the citizens. This is as set out in the Police creed issued by the IGP.
“It is in view of the foregoing that the command wishes to inform the general public that it has taken immediate action, with the support of the Executive Governor of the state to prevent breakdown of law and order in the State Capital.
“The officer behind the disgraceful act has been identified and investigation has commenced in earnest. The investigation will be handled dispassionately and accorded the seriousness it deserves; with a view to ensuring that the erring Officer and any other Officer found wanting are made to face wrath of the law.
“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, IGP. Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, the Command would like to express its appreciation to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue State, Gov. Samuel Ortom and the former Governor of the State, Distinguished Senator George Akume for their support, leadership and understanding which culminated in the quick resolution of the ugly incident, please.” Yamu said.