The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood has slammed the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as ‘a drowning man’ that should not be engaged with issues.
Jimoh made the damning assertion when he and Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase both appeared on a Channels Television programme Tuesday.
Both men were being quizzed on the state of insecurity in the state and the recent call by Gov Ortom for the Inspector-general of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to quit if he’s overwhelmed by the crisis.
And the Police PRO didn’t have kind words for Ortom, saying: “And that is why we felt you don’t join issues with a drowning man,” he said.
The police spokesman added that the call made by the state government was an affront to the police boss and the entire police officers.
“It is a great disservice to the Inspector General of Police and the entire Nigeria Police Force for the governor to call for his resignation, the governor should resign first.
“What he has said, the document presented to the Senate is for action by the Senate. And nobody can make any part or complete document public until the Senate makes a decision on it and passes a resolution.”
In his response, the governor’s spokesman, citing Section 4 of the Police Act, wondered why the IGP should not resign when the police under his leadership had failed in the basic task of securing lives and properties.
Furthermore, Akase regretted a situation whereby the police would seek clearance from the authorities in Abuja before taking any decisive action.