Wike visits, donates N200m to Benue state

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Governors Wike and Ortom in Makurdi on Wednesday

Mr. Nyesom Wike, the River state governor, has paid a solidarity visit and donated N200 million

to his Benue state counterpart, Mr. Solomon Ortom.

Nyesom Wike said on Wednesday that the money he donated to Benue State was part of his support to help the state after suffering a recent herdsmen attack.

He said he was also in Benue to commiserate with state over the New Year’s killings of about 73 people by suspected herdsmen.

He challenged the Nigerian Governors Forum to defend the integrity and office of Nigerian Governors from partisan police authority.

The governor accused the police of demeaning their Benue state colleague on a live Television proramme.

He said in Makurdi, after a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom that the state needed support.

The two governors took a drive to the mass grave site where the victims were buried and later met with stakeholders in the state.

Ortom in his remarks, alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had taken sides with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, whom the governor accuse of sponsoring the Benue herdsmen killings.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the IGP with a more professional officer.

They made the call during plenary on Wednesday, accusing the IGP of failing in his duty.

The lawmakers had earlier considered a motion demanding the immediate removal of the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, for making derogatory remarks against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

In the motion sponsored by Rep. Mark Gbillah which enjoyed the support of most lawmakers, the conduct of the police officer was roundly condemned.

The motion seeks to have the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to provide an unreserved apology to the Benue state governor and also relieve the PPRO of his position.

Earlier, the Benue state Caucus of the House had addressed a press conference demanding the resignation of the PPRO over professional misconduct and partisanship.

According to the lawmakers, the statements of the Police Officer while appearing on the Channels Television Programme, Sunrise Daily, where he demanded the resignation of the Benue state governor indicates the partisanship of the Nigerian police as an agency.

Additional report from ChannelsTV

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