The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police , Mr. Ibrahim Idris , over his “ lack of capacity ” to address security challenges in the country, particularly the killings by herdsmen in Benue State and the insecurity in Kano State.
“ We call on Mr. President to replace the IGP with a more professional officer,” the resolution of the House read.
The resolution was passed after lawmakers debated two motions: one on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, and the second on the “need to curb thuggery development in political activities in Kano and Nigeria in general . ”
The motion on the killings by herdsmen was moved by a member from Benue State, Mr. Mark Terseer -Gbillah , while the second motion was moved by a Kano State lawmaker, Mr. Abubakar Danburam-Nuhu.
The two motions were later amended to a motion for the sacking of the IG.
Ruling on the motion to sack the IGP , the Speaker , Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said , “If we pass this amendment , it means that the entire House has passed a vote of no confidence in the IGP .
“ I will go ahead and put the question since that is the decision of the House. ”
The House also directed Idris to apologise to the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom , over a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer , Mr. Jimoh Moshood , calling the governor a “drowning man. ”
Moshood had featured on a
Channels Television programme , Morning Rise, on Tuesday , February 6 , where the topic of discussion was the killings by herdsmen in Benue State.
The PPRO was on the programme with the governor ’ s Chief Press Secretary , Mr. Terver Akase .
Moshood had reaffirmed the stance of the IGP that the killings in Benue resulted from the enactment of the open grazing ( prohibition ) law by the state House of Assembly.
In the heat of the discussion , Moshood called Ortom a drowning man, who must also resign his position as a governor .
On Wednesday, the lawmakers did not only condemn Moshood for the statement , they described him as an officer who was not fit to remain in the police force .
Besides asking the IGP to apologise for Moshood ’ s statement , the House also elected to investigate the statement credited to Idris that the killings in Benue State were caused by the state ’s anti -open grazing law .
“ The statement alone has exposed Moshood as a man unfit to be the police spokesman.
“ A police spokesman is expected to be a professional, he is not a politician . He should speak without bias , which is not the case here ”, Terseer -Gbillah , a member of the All Progressives Congress, said.
Another APC member , Mr. Hassan Saleh , said he was alarmed when he heard both the IGP and the PPRO speaking in defence of the “killings by the Fulani herdsmen.”
Saleh noted that it was “ disheartening” to hear the police pick what law to enforce and which one to ignore when the primary duty of the police was to enforce every law .
The Peoples Democratic Party member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda , however, blamed Buhari , saying he should have cautioned IGP .
He added, “Everything boils down to Mr. President. It is his body language that the police are interpreting.
“ We all know that if a law has issues, the appropriate thing to do is to approach the court for interpretation, not to be killing people . ”
Making his contribution, an APC lawmaker from Osun State, Prof . Mojeed Alabi , reminded the House that the 1999 Constitution (as amended ) empowers the Benue State House of Assembly to make laws for the state .
“ It is not in the place of the police to say a law is bad . The solution to all these problems is true federalism , as well as state police . ”
More members , including the Deputy Majority Whip , Mr. Pally Iriase ; the Minority Whip , Mr. Yakubu Barde ; and the Chairman , House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas , supported the motion on Benue killings .
The Kano motion pitted lawmakers from Kano State against one another , further exposing the political rivalry between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor , Senator Musa Kwankwaso .
The Ganduje loyalists, who were led by the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado -Doguwa, opposed the motion , saying that it was planned to “ misinform ” the House.
“ What you have heard are lies . The governor is a peace -loving person . He is not responsible for any crisis in Kano State, ” Ado -Doguwa told the House.
But Danburam-Nuhu, Mr. Aliyu Madaki and other Kwankwaso loyalists, insisted that the police took sides instead of giving protection to all political groups in the state.
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