Residents of communities attacked by suspected herdsmen in Benue and Nasarawa states have been assured of adequate police protection to prevent a recurrence of the attacks, according to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The IG stated this on Saturday during an inspection tour of Gbajimba, Anyiin and Tunga villages in Benue and Nasarawa states.
He said the police were determined to ensure the protection of lives and property of the residents and appealed to them to give information to the security agencies on miscreants in their midst.
He said armed police would be deployed to the affected communities to avert further attacks and restore normalcy.
The IG with top police officers also visited some IDP camps in the states.
Receiving the IG at Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area, the chairman of the council, Mr Anthony Shawon, commended him for the inspection tour.
Shawon also commended the quick intervention of the presidency in deploying additional security in the state.
He assured the IG of the commitment of his people toward maintaining peace as they looked forward to returning to their ancestral homes.
In Tunga, the community leader of the area, Ibrahim Shaibu, denied allegations that the herdsmen were being harboured in the area.
He said the people of his area were law abiding and were providing shelter to displaced Tiv people in the area.
Also speaking, the spokesman for the Tiv community in the area, Abraham Vighi, said there were no killer-herdsmen lodging in the area.