It’s a trying moment for Benue State Govenor Samuel Ortom and his people. Hoodlums who called themselves herdsmen have been killing the people he governs.
The governor isn’t happy. His people are angry. Top Benue indigenes have threatened to recruit their own army for the purpose of protecting their people, if the Federal Government failed to come to their aid, and put an end to the carnage going on there.
Unfortunately, the killing goes on uncontrolled. Instead of the Nigeria Police Force boss, Ibrahim Idris to visit the state to get first-hand information, he stayed in the Federal Capital Territory to claim that it’s a communal clash. That sparked serious criticisms, and early this year (2018) over 70 people killed by the herdsmen were interred in a mass burial.
The ‘helpless’ governor called the Inspector general of Police to resign, if he couldn’t provide security for the people of Benue.
To hear from the police and the government of Benue, Channels, the best tv station in Nigeria invited Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, and the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase, to hear from both sides, and possibly find a way out of the destruction of lives and properties in the food basket of the nation.
The CPS maintained the stance of his boss, “the IGP should resign if he can’t direct his men to restore peace in the state.”
In Nigeria, police is owned and controlled by the Federal Government. The IGP is appointed by the FG and takes order from it, while the IGP gives orders to all the state commissioners of police. They report to the IGP, leaving a state governor in limbo as par security apparatus of his state.
However, governors in Nigeria like to be referred to as “Chief Security Officer” of their state. In reality it’s not true.
It was time for the PPRO Moshood to react to the call for the resignation of his boss. His statement can be described as the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Instead of addressing the issue at hand, rather he said the state governor himself should resign, “it’s irresponsible of governor Ortom to call for the resignation of the IGP. The governor should resign, if he can’t maintain law and order in his state. And I don’t think the police force will continue to dragg issues with a drowning governor.” That was on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (at about 9:00AM).
That statement irked CPS Akase, and the programme nearly degenerated to engage of blows between the two government officials. The host of the programme, Maope Ogun-Yusuf of Channels intervened and threatened to discontinue the interview if both men failed to abide by the code of conduct of the programme.
Who is Jimoh Moshood? The Police Public Relation Officer, who called governor of a state a drowning man?
Jimoh Moshood is a Chief Superintendent Officer (CSP) at the Nigeria Police Force, and the image maker of the force.
He hails from Kwara State (Ilorin South). Moshood holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Political Science at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.
He attended several crime prevention courses abroad. A few of them include Crime Prevention of Korea Police, at Police Training Institute, Seoul, South Korea; Training Course on Anti – Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China.
He is also a member of Africa Business School Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.
Career as a police officer:
He had served as the DPO Central Area, Abuja (2012 – 2013). And later the Chief Superintendent of Police in charge Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Abuja, until he assumed duty as the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police.
Early 2017, Moshood was appointed the substantive Force Public Relations Officer, taking over from Mr. Don Awunah.
CSP Jimoh Moshood was a former Police Public Relations Officer for the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Command. While he was at the FCT Command, he won the Commissioner of Police Commendation Award for diligent and excellent performance.
What do you think of Mr. Jimoh Moshood, should he have reacted to the call for the resignation of the IGP in the manner he did?