The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over his inability to tackle the killings by herdsmen in Benue State and the insecurity in Kano State.
“We call on Mr. President to replace the IGP with a more professional officer,” the resolution of the House read.
Punch reports that the resolution followed a debate by the lawmakers on two motions: one on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, and the second on the “need to curb thuggery development in political activities in Kano and Nigeria in general.”
Both motions were later amended to a motion for the sacking of the IG in light of his “lack of capacity” to address security challenges in the country.
The House also directed Idris to apologise to the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, over a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, calling the governor a “drowning man.”
Moshood also shockingly reaffirmed the stance of the IGP that the killings in Benue resulted from the enactment of the open grazing (prohibition) law by the state House of Assembly.
Besides asking the IGP to apologise for Moshood’s statement, the House also elected to investigate the statement credited to Idris that the killings in Benue State were caused by the state’s anti-open grazing law.
“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, said.
Another APC member, Mr. Hassan Saleh, said he was alarmed when he heard both the IGP and the PPRO speaking in defence of the “killings by the Fulani herdsmen.”