The Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are presently deliberating on a motion demanding the immediate removal of the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, over the derogatory remarks made against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
According to a well-supported motion sponsored by Rep. Mark Gbillah, the conduct of the police officer was condemnable and portended danger for the country’s democracy.
The motion calls on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to provide an unreserved apology to the Benue State governor and also relieve the PPRO of his position.
This comes after the Benue state Caucus of the House had addressed a press conference demanding the resignation of the PPRO over professional misconduct and partisanship, Channels writes.
The lawmakers contend that the statements of the Police Officer while appearing on the Channels Television Programme, Sunrise Daily, indicates the partisanship of the Nigerian police as an agency.
To the shock of many, Mr Moshood described Governor Ortom as a drowning man when he engaged the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, in a heated argument over the rampaging attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the north-central state.
“And that is why we felt you don’t join issues with a drowning man,” he said in an apparent reference to the governor calling for the immediate resignation or sack of the IGP.
The police hierarchy has remained silent on the matter despite the furore generated over the last 24 hours.