House of Representatives,
yesterday, called for the
immediate sack of the Inspector-
General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim
Idris.
In the IGP’s case, it appears
nemesis has caught up with him
during the deliberation of various
motions, yesterday, which
coincidentally centered on his
role in security matters in Benue
and Kano States as a resolution
hitherto ordering the sack of
Moshood Jimoh, Force Public
Relations Officer, from one of the
motions later turned against the
IGP with lawmakers calling for
his immediate sack.
The lawmakers said they had
lost confidence in Idris and his
professional capability as chief of
the nation’s police and should go.
They disclosed this during a
debate on a motion by Danbarau
Nuhu on the “need to curb
thuggery in political activities
in Kano State and Nigeria in
general.”
Earlier, members representing
Benue State in the House had
briefed the media on the ignoble
roles that the police chief and the
Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-
Ali had played in the killing of
their constituents. They were
particularly bothered by the IGP’s
partisanship which was exposed
by the flippant remarks made by
Mr. Jimoh who not only asked
a sitting and constitutionally
elected Governor Samuel Ortom
to resign, but called him a
drowning governor who cannot
protect the lives and property of
his people.
The caucus said “while
appearing on Channels TV Talk
show, ‘Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday,
February 6, the FPRO made
copious unguarded statements
and ascribed unprintable names
to the person and office of the
governor of Benue State. The
PPRO apparently playing the
script of his masters eventually
called for the resignation of the
governor whom he accused of
failing to protect the lives and
property of his people.”
Spokesman of the group, John
Dyegh, who read their statement
to the press, argued that the
police had showed bias against
the people of Benue and favoured
the blood sucking herdsmen.
He said the police’s inaction
and mischief was further
demonstrated by the IGP’s open
campaign to abolish the Anti-
Open Grazing Prohibition and
Ranches Establishment Law.
Dyegh said if the police was
not mischievous, such reckless
statements credited to the PPRO
would have been debunked by its
hierarchy.
The group accused security
chiefs of compounding the
problems of Benue people instead
of solving them and expressed
concern over their statutory roles
in containing the killer herdsmen.
The lawmakers said they have
to cry out, following the grand
conspiracy and orchestrated
plot by top security officials to
manipulate the security apparatus
to emasculate the people and
government of Benue State in
order to sustain the killings by
herdsmen.
Accordingly, they demanded
the resignation of Moshood for
professional misconduct and an
unreserved apology from the IGP
to Governor Ortom and the people
of Benue among other requests.
Albeit the contending Benue
issue, a member of the caucus,
Mark Terseer Gbillah, via a motion
of urgent national importance,
also got the nod of the House
and by resolution, the IGP was
similarly asked to apologise to
the governor, sack his PPRO,
while a special committee of the
House on killings and insecurity
in the nation is to investigate the
statements credited to the PPRO
and its implications.
While debating the motion
sponsored by Nuhu, the
lawmakers frowned at the role
played by the inspector-general
of police and the Kano State
commissioner of police in the latest
political crisis in the state. They said
it was unconstitutional to restrict
the movement of any Nigerian
including a serving senator from
visiting his home. They admitted
the various maltreatment melted
out to Nigerians by the police
under the supervision of Idris and
the non-challant attitude of the
police hierarchy to several reports
against its officers and men,
specifically those of the IGP and
his FPRO.
According to the lawmakers,
there is the growing and worrisome
development of thuggery in
political activities not only in
Kano State as demonstrated by
various supporters of Governor
Abdullahi Ganduje and Senator
Rabiu Kwankwaso, but the entire
country which must be curbed.
The sponsor of the motion, in his
lead debate, argued that thuggery
is an enemy of democracy and it is
time to put an end to it in order to
engender political development.
He accused the police of
culpability. “Unfortunately, the
police and other security agencies
that are sometimes present at the
scene of thuggery deliberately
refuse to take appropriate actions
against the perpetrators.”
Speaker by speaker faulted the
police and the partisan role of the
IGP in current national security
challenges.
Ali Madaki (APC, Kano)
accused Governor Ganduje of
perpetrating thuggery in the state
in close collaboration with the
commissioner of police and the
IGP.
Madaki said it is against the
provisions of Section 40, 41
to deprive any Nigerian free
movement.
Nkem Agbonta, Kola Adeola,
and John Dyegh condemned the
IGP for not showing leadership
and professionalism, but rather
incompetence and partisanship.
The heated debate which also
saw lawmakers booing their Chief
Whip, Ado Dogua, for taking
sides with his governor, however,
called on President Muhammadu
Buhari to quickly replace the
IGP with a more qualified and
professionally inclined police
officer.

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