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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the comment made
by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO); Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Governor
Samuel Ortom of Benue State as a “drowning man” as an insult on all
the governors in Nigeria, saying the police authority must retract the
comment and tender an unreserved apology to Governor Ortom, the people
of Benue State and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
The governor said it was unfortunate, regrettable and a height of
irresponsibility for the PPRO to have insulted a whole governor who
represents one of the federating units in Nigeria, noting that “It is
now clear that the police has turned itself to an organ of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) government, acting as if its only duty is
to protect the interests of President Muhammadu Buhari and his
Governor Fayose, who also condemned the police for declaring Mr.
Kassim Afegbua, the spokesman for ex-military Head of State, General
Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) wanted, asked the police whether there was
any report by General Babangida against him (Afegbua).
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said;
“Rather than trying to gag Nigerians and acting as if it has become
laws unto itself, the police should go after the killer herdsmen and
“On whose complaints did the police declare Afegbua wanted? Did
General Babangida lodge any complain against him? Was there anything
in the statement released by him that Nigerians do not know before
now? Is it not true that President Buhari has looked the other way
while herdsmen were killing Nigerians?
“Which one should interest the police? Arresting those herdsmen and
their collaborators that have killed thousands of Nigerians in Benue,
Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Adamawa, Ogun, Ekiti and other States or
rushing to declare a Nigerians who only exercised his rights to
freedom of expression wanted?
“Most importantly, why didn’t the police arrest former President
Olusegun Obasanjo when he released similar statement against President
“That declaration by the police against Mr Afegbua is malicious,
reckless, unlawful, unwarranted and against all democratic ethos. It
should be withdrawn forthwith.”
While calling on governors in the country to speak against the
disparaging of the Benue State governor, Governor Fayose said; “I
speak as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors
Forum and I condemn that insult on Governor Ortom by the PPRO.
“I expect the NGF to also rise in condemnation of this affront on one
of its members because an injury to one is an injury to all. Besides,
it is Governor Ortom that the PPRO insulted on National Television
today; it can be any other governor tomorrow.
“On behalf of PDP governors, I condemn this irresponsible act of the
PPRO and demand for immediate retraction of the statement as well as
unreserved apology from the Inspector General of Police (IGP).”