“It is now clear that the Nigeria Police has turned itself to an organ of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government, acting as if its only duty is to protect the interest of President Mohammadu Buhari and his allies”
This was the submissions of Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose in reaction to the Police force public relation officer, CSP Jimoh Moshud’s comments over governor Ortom yesterday on sunrise daily, describing the Benue state governor as a “Drowning man”
Fayose said the police must retract the comment and tender an unreserved apology to Governor Ortom, the people of Benue State and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
According to the governor, it is the height of irresponsibility for the PPRO to have insulted a governor who represents one of the federating units in Nigeria.
In a statement, yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said rather than trying to gag Nigerians and acting as if they had become law unto themselves, the police should go after the killer herdsmen and their collaborators.
He urged other governors to speak against the disparaging comments on Ortom.
“I speak as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum and I condemn that insult to Ortom by the PPRO.
“I expect the NGF to also rise in condemnation of this affront to one of its members because an injury to one is an injury to all. Besides, it is Governor Ortom that the PPRO insulted on a national television today; it can be any other governor tomorrow.
“On behalf of PDP governors, I condemn this irresponsible act of the PPRO and demand an immediate retraction of the statement as well as an unreserved apology from the Inspector General of Police (IGP).”
Meanwhile, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to respect himself by resigning his position to allow a more competent officer take charge of the security organisation.
Ortom gave the advice yesterday in a reaction to alleged comments by the IGP through the Force PRO, Jimoh Moshud, that he (Ortom) should resign his position and that he was a drowning governor.
He alleged that the IGP had completely neglected his duty of enforcing the laws of the land and became the mouthpiece of the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore.
Ortom said: “It is most unfortunate that a police boss saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the people cannot contend with crises in the state and country but turn to make a mockery of those who have been killed.
“Because we have chosen to obey the law, we have become a target. If the IGP will call me a drowning ship and ask me to resign, I want to ask him: is it me who is doing the right thing or him that is unable to protect lives and property of the country’s citizens as the police boss that should resign?
“If the president keeps quiet for an IGP who lacks the capacity to contend with the herdsmen crises in the state and country, and he is insulting me, it is a shame. Today, he will say this, tomorrow he will say a different thing,” Ortom said.
He lamented that even the security personnel sent to protect lives and property in the state were being killed by the herdsmen.
“The man should resign because he has failed woefully. He doesn’t have the capacity. There are many good police officers who can take over that job and make things work, and protect lives and property. That man has no business being the IG,” he said.