The sour relationship between the Benue State Government and the Nigeria Police Force took a dramatic twist on Tuesday.
This was when the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood and the Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor, Mr Terver Akase appeared yesterday as guests on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily.
The Police spokesperson described Governor Samuel Ortom during the heated argument on the programme as a drowning man, while Mr Terver Akase questioned the competence of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris claiming that the IGP should resign or be sacked for telling ‘lies.’
Following violent attacks in Benue State, many have been left dead leading to mass burial of the victims by the state government, while several others have been displayed.
Nigerians who watched the programme as the Police Spokesperson branded the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom ‘a drowning man’ took to social media to lampoon Mr. Moshood.
Read their reactions on Twitter, below:
@obyezeks: “Wonders! Did I just hear the PRO of our country’s police .@PoliceNGdescribe Governor of a State of this federation as a “a drowning man” on. @channelstv ? He justified his “jankaraization” of our National institution as “because the Governor asked his Boss to resign”. WAAAAWU!”
@freke_idio: “Dear @PoliceNG, I believe so much in you, I know you face a lot of challenges but i am sad that your PRO can call a sitting Governor on national television a DROWNING MAN, this shows that the police is partisan.. We deserve an apology @Mbuhari @OfficialPDPNig @APCNigeria”
@AkivagaJayuga: “Open confession of dictatorship is far less dangerous than sham democracy. One can defend oneself against the former; the latter is like a creeper attached to the body of a drowning man. #MigunaCharged”
@chrisolukoj: “He doesn’t deserve to remain in office as Police PRO. Let him be redeployed to operations. This lawlessness is just unbelievable.”
@Dr_Ukan: “Governor @OrtomSamuelwrote letters,raised alarm and did what was suppose to be done but the FG gave him deaf eyes until the killings got this bad. I will continue to stand with my Governor because he deserves our sympathy. He has fought the FG for our good.”
(@Ufongo1: “‘To your tents, oh Israel’ When a Police Force PRO comes out openly and calls the Governor of a state they should be protecting, “a drowning man”, then, the die is cast! Sides have been taken!”
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and Federal lawmaker, Ben Murray Bruce also voiced their opinion using their official Twitter handle. While the Ekiti State Governor said the comment by the IGP is an insult to all governors in Nigeria, the lawmaker’s Tweet was about herdsmen got rifles.
@GovAyoFayose: “The comment made on Channels Television Sunrise Daily today, by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO); Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is a “drowning man” is an insult on all the governors in Nigeria.”
@benmurraybruce: “Is the police telling us something about how herdsmen got their AK47s?”
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