By Faith Igbudu
Tiv leaders under the auspices of Mdzough u Tiv (MUT) have dragged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Alkali Baba over a derogatory comment he made about a Tiv policeman.
The IG, who recently addressed one out of the three dismissed police officers as “Tiv warrior” was said to have engaged in unprofessional conduct fit for his job.
Speaking on behalf of the union, President-General, MUT, CP Iorbee Ihagh (Rtd) said the IG should as a matter of urgency tender a public apology to the Tiv nation as the statement implicated every Tiv man.
Ihagh, who is also the chairman of the three main, socio-cultural groups in Benue state, comprising of Mdzough u Tiv, Opiatoha K’ Idoma and Omni Igede said that it is wrong and unprofessional for the IGP, who is supposed to protect all citizens, irrespective of tribe and political affiliation to begin to protect other tribes at the detriment of others.
According to him, “The Tiv people have done very well as police officers in all ranks, except that of the Inspector General which is a political appointment so there is no need for such stereotype.”
While frowning at the way the IGP publicly singled out the Tiv man out of the three dismissed officers he said so many police have been caught in illegal activities from different tribes, and wondered why the IGP singled out a Tiv person for humiliation.
He said the first police officer to get Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a Tiv man and asked whether the IGP singled him out to give credit to Tiv people. “Is the IG giving that position to
protect a particular section or all Nigerians?” he asked.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to sack the IG for unprofessional conduct should he fail to tender an unreserved apology to the Tiv nation.
He said, so many police officers, today, including ACPs, DCPs are facing varying prosecutions for different charges, but the IG has not deemed it fit to single out any of them for humiliation.