The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP) for a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, as a “drowning man”.
Moshood made the statement on a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday, in response to calls by the Governor telling the IGP to resign over the killings in Benue.
The lawmakers made the call during plenary on Wednesday as they passed a vote of no confidence on the IGP, after various complaints from the lawmakers on the failings of the police chief.
While raising the motion, Danburam Nuhu, from Kano state, informed the lawmakers to the “complicity” of the police in the high rate of thuggery in Kano.
“In fact, the recent thuggery experience in Kano was championed by a current high ranking member of the hallow chamber,” he said
“We must use all legislative instruments available to this house to discourage it in the strongest terms and curb thus barbaric act of terror.”
In the course of the deliberations, some of the lawmakers faulted the police for its “failure” to address the situation in Kano.
On his part, John Dyegh, from Benue state, also faulted the police on the issue as well as its “unwillingness” to tackle similar challenges in the country.
He said following the killings in Benue state, intelligence reports had it that the alleged killers were camped in a local government area in Nasarrawa state but stated that the IGP claimed he was ignorant of such.
“The intelligence reports from security agencies across the country were clear that these killers were still there. The IGP later went and said there was no such thing,” he added.
“It is obvious the IGP is incapable of his job. So I am amending the prayers to be that the president should replace the IGP with a more professional police officer.”
The lawmakers subsequently adopted the amendment and passed the motion.