A group, Civil Societies on Police Reform, has called on the Secretary of the Afenifere, Dr. Yinka Odumakin, to join the Inspector General of Police in bringing about relative peace in Nigeria rather than condemning the mopping up of illegal firearms and ammunition.
In a press release on Wednesday in Makurdi, Benue State, the Publicity Secretary of the group, Bright Ede, said for Odumakin to make reference to the 2015 elections in his criticism shows his immaturity on topical National issues.
Accroding to him, “Odumakin should have gone to court to challenge the results of the 2015 Kano State election and the death of Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Alhaji Mukaila Abdullahi rather than lamenting.”
He said further that, “On the appointment of IGP Ibrahim K. Idris as the Inspector General of Police, President Muhammadu Buhari used the power conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution to make that timely appointment in July 2016 and IGP Idris’s appointment was confirmed by the Council of State who are authorized by Law to do so.
“On the World Internal Security and Police Index International report released late last year for the year 2016, the Nigeria Police has responded well on that and we advise Odumakin to call his private radio station in Ibadan to get him a copy of Police apt response to the report, if he is ignorant of the response.
“Odumakin, in his usual trivial ways, went as low as saying ‘IGP Idris denied his words’ of saying what happened in Benue State is communal feud. For the record, IGP Idris never denied that but rather for peace to reign, he only apologized to those who disagree with the statement while in real time, what happened in Benue State is purely communal clash between the community and the Fulani herdsmen who feel aggrieved that their cows were stolen and slaughtered unjustly,” Ede said.
He further reiterated that just as they commended the Force PRO, CSP Moshood Jimoh on his statement on Channels TV, saying “we still maintain our unflinching support to him for that statement. The Force PRO is still keeping his job because he is the best on it and remained loyal to his Boss.
“Odumakin should be educated enough to know that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K-Idris, at the Northern States Security Summit held in Kaduna on the 28th of February, 2018 only SUGGESTED the State Governors to establish ranches for herders in their States.”
Quoting the IGP, he said: “it is my humble SUGGESTION that to reduce the incidence of clashes between Farmers and Herders in Nigeria, State Governments should ENDEAVOR to establish grazing ranches in their various states before enacting laws to prohibit open rearing and grazing.
“It is when grazing ranches are established that herders can be arrested and punished for rearing and grazing on the open places.”
For the ignorance of Odumakin, the advertorials placed in some national newspapers on February 22, 2018 is pointing to those in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition which includes herdsmen, vigilantes, criminals e.t.c.”