THE Nigeria Police has been described as an organ of the All Progressive Congress (APC) by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Fayose made the comments while reacting to comments credited to the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, as a “drowning man.”
He stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Fayose said it was unfortunate, regrettable and a height of irresponsibility for the FPRO to have insulted a governor who represented one of the federating units in Nigeria.
He said the comments credited to the police spokesman was an insult on all the governors in Nigeria.
“It is now clear that the police have become an organ of the All Progressives Congress government, acting as if its only duty is to protect the interests of President Muhammadu Buhari and his allies,” Fayose said.
The governor said the police authorities must retract the comment and tender an unreserved apology to Ortom, the people of Benue State and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Fayose, who also condemned the police for declaring the spokesman for an ex-military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), Mr. Kassim Afegbua, wanted, asked the police whether there was any report by Babangida against Afegbua.
Fayose said, “Rather than trying to gag Nigerians and acting as if it has become law unto itself, the police should go after the killer herdsmen and their collaborators.
“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?”