President Buhari in Benue State

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Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to Benue on Monday; security has been beefed up, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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.

The president said this during a meeting with stakeholders in the north central state.

In a surprise, Buhari had said: "I'm not aware that the I-G did not spend 24 hours in the state as directed by me, I am getting to know in this meeting".

Apart from Taraba and Benue, he is also expected to visit Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where cases of terror attacks and clashes have been recorded.

Buhari, who met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi on Monday as part of his visits to troubled states however, denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to Benue state.

He denied insinuations that he overlooked the killings that happened in Benue, saying he is genuinely anxious over them.

Camps in Gbajimba, Guma LGA headquarters.

Our correspondent noted that security operatives from Abuja took over the activities at the state's seat of government.

Benue State has been at the centre of the Fulani Herdsmen crisis, recording more than 120 deaths in 2018 alone.

President Buhari was surprised that Idris breached his order.

Ortom who described the president as a man of integrity who always stand for justice reiterated his call for arrest of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who have persistently threatened the Benue people and successfully executed their plans without any arrest.

Part of the president's itinerary as released by the Benue Government included a courtesy call on the fifth Tor Tiv, Prof.

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