The face-off between the Nigerian police and Benue state government became messier on Tuesday as the public relations officer of the force, Jimoh Moshood, described Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man.
Mr. Moshood said this on a breakfast television program, Sunrise Daily, aired on Channels Television.
When asked to comment on the governor’s recent statement, he said, “We don’t join issues with a drowning man, Governor Ortom is a drowning man,”
When asked by the presenter to withdraw the statement, he insisted he would not.
The spokesman said, “I will not withdraw for the purpose of this discussion because he called my IGP incompetent,”
It could be recalled that the Benue governor had in reaction to a comment by the police chief that the killings in Benue was instigated by the state’s new anti-open grazing law had urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to resign over his handling of the killings in his state by suspected herdsmen.
The governor said also Mr. Idris as incompetent, and had taken side with the killer herdsmen.