Angry residents of Benue State, who felt abandoned by security personnel, may have triggered a storm between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim idris. 

President Buhari had travelled to Benue State on Monday to hold talks with persons affected by the attacks by arms-carrying herdsmen since the beginning of this year. 

But the journey became an eye opener for the President who expressed shock at the revelation made by some residents.

They had told the president that Idris did not spend 24 hours in Benue, after the executive order directed him to relocate to the state and remain there till peace was restored.

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Responding to the revelation, President Buhari said he was surprised.

“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.

He, however, said that the meeting is not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint.

Buhari appealed to the people to pay more attention to farming, especially rice cultivation, saying that rice importation had dropped by 90 per cent since some states embarked on massive production of the commodity.

On the need to broaden agricultural produce in the state considered as the food basket of the nation, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State reminded the state's indigenes that many states were currently involved in massive cultivation of rice.

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He urged them to take advantage of the government's rice farmers loan scheme and go into rice farming. 

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