Ortom Fires Back At Police Spokesman, ‘Your IGP Is The Drowning Man’

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, says the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is a drowning man, asking the Police chief to resign for failing woefully.

The governor was reacting to a comment credited to the public relations officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, who called him had earlier called him a “drowning man”.

The IGP had last Friday at a senate hearing blamed the anti-Open Grazing law for the violence between farmers and herdsmen.

Responding, Ortom asked Idris to resign if he was overwhelmed, which prompted the Force PRO to call the governor a drowning man and a disgrace to the Benue people.

But speaking in a radio programme on Tuesday, Ortom said: “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.”

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