Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom reacting to Jimoh Moshood, public relations officer of the Nigeria Police Force’s statement about him being a drowning man has said it is Inspector General of Police, IdrisKpotun that is drowning.
The governor and the security officer are at loggerheads concerning the new anti-grazing law which Idris thinks will only cause more harm than good if not properly handled.
To that, Ortom has asked Idris to resign his position as IGP because there are many capable officers who can take his job and be better at securing the people of Benue state.
“It is the IGP that has failed to do the right thing that should be called a drowning man, it is the IGP that should resign.
“I am not a drowning man; I am doing what I was elected to do. Over 99 percent of Benue people are with me, I’m acting their script, so nobody should try to intimidate me.
“The IGP 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 perform creditably by turning around the security architecture of this country and make things work and protect lives and property. That man has no business being the IGP.”
Criticising the IGP’s reluctance to arrest Fulani Militia Ortom said “those people are not members of our Livestock Guard. It is just a planned thing,” he said.
“Fulani militia have come out in video to display the kind of weapons that they have and everyone has seen it; that is also not enough for the IGP to arrest these people.
“But he chose to declare that we have militia in Benue state. If we have militia in the state, will the herdsmen come and kill our people the way they did and are currently doing?
“It is because we are law-abiding. I think the people should have the right to defend themselves and not make themselves easy prey to be killed in their homes.
“So any lawful means you can adopt to defend yourself in Benue State, just go ahead. We are not going to wait for the inspector-general of police to do it because he has failed in his assignment.”