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Agatu Massacre Arase refuses to deploy more policemen, says crisis is seasonal

Arase had earlier also denied reports that 300 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen Agatu during a clash in February 2016.

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Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police

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The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has said that the force cannot afford to deploy more policemen to the Agatu area of Benue State, despite the clashes between natives and rampaging Fulani herdsmen.

Arase made the comment today, April 25, 2016, during an interview on Channels TV.

“There's no budget for deployment of extra Police to Agatu Crisis, we have to take care of officers there to avoid low morale,” he said.

 

“The Agatu Crisis is a seasonal outburst, what we should do is to create buffer zones by building policing structures there,” he added.

 

Arase had earlier also denied reports that 300 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu during a clash in February 2016.

Benue State Senator, David Mark however said that 500 people were killed during the incident.

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