Members of the House of Representatives have moved a motion recommending the removal of the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, for making derogatory remarks against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.
Naija News recalls that Moshood had described the Benue Governor as a “drowning man”, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. The PPRO made the assertion while demanding that Governor Ortom resigns from office.
The motion sponsored by Rep. Mark Gbillah condemns the conduct of the PPRO.
The motion also seeks that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, tenders a wholehearted apology to the Benue governor, while also removing the PPRO from his office.
The legislators stated that the statements of the Moshood demanding the resignation of Ortom indicates the partisanship of the Nigerian police as an agency.
Mr Jimoh Moshood described Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man, when he engaged the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, in a heated argument over the series of violence that has left many to their early graves since the beginning of the year.
He said: “And that is why we felt you don’t join issues with a drowning man,” apparently referring to the governor who had called for the immediate resignation or sack of the IGP.
The motion was passed without amendment, after intense consideration.
Things, however, did not seem to go down well with the CPS who interrupted him with a strong rebuttal, demanding a retraction of the statement, Channels TV reported.
At that point he was cut short by Mr Akase, who clarified that he took exception to the statement, insisting that “the governor of Benue State is not a drowning man.”