The House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, to apologize to Benue State’s Governor Samuel Ortom over comments made by the police spokesperson, Moshood Jimoh.
The lawmakers did not find it funny that Jimoh while speaking on Tuesday on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, described the governor as a “drowning man”.
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose had earlier expressed similar views, and called on Jimoh, who is the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) and the IGP Idris to apologize to Ortom, as well the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, for what he described as an insult.
The House gave the order on Wednesday while debating a motion on the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue State.
“The statement alone has exposed Moshood as a man unfit to be the police spokesman. A police spokesman is expected to be a professional, he is not a politician. He should speak without bias, which is not the case here”, Terseer-Gbillah, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told the House.
According to Mr. Hassan Saleh, also an APC member, he was alarmed when he heard both the IGP and the PPRO speaking in defence of the “killings by the Fulani herdsmen.” He said it was “disheartening.”
For a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, Buhari should be blamed for those actions.
He argued, “Everything boils down to Mr. President. It is his body language that the police are interpreting. We all know that if a law has issues, the appropriate thing to do is to approach the court for interpretation, not to be killing people.”
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