Transmission! Transmission!! And that’s a term that has a totally different primary connotation in the Nigerian context, no thanks to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. His gaffes have been resounding, and in quick intervals, that one can’t help but take a cursory review at the three most numbstruck instances that took the nation by surprise, embarrassing him and us mutually, in the process.
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1. The time when he ordered the illegal arrest and detention of online journalists, Daniel Elombah and Tim Elombah. The Inspector General who has often been accused of oppressing journalists with the improper use of his office, arrested the brothers in their Anambra home for a content published on their website, Elombah News, and had them unjustly detained in Abuja. The blindly executed mission was vastly condemned by many citizens. Part of which was Festus Keyamo who said, “He has further displayed his personal vendetta by refusing to release Tim Elombah long after the detention order has expired. This is one of the worst forms of abuse of human rights.” After the eventual release of the brothers, and the IGP was queried about their detention in a press interview, his response only fueled his gaffe, “Anyway, I don’t need to send anybody, but whenever you commit an offence, it is our duty to ensure that we respond.” This indubitably led the brothers to sue the Inspector General for N2 billion, because, as they maintained, throughout detention and release, nobody was able to tell them the reason they were arrested.
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2. The time when he disobeyed the president.
The president, in the wake of public outcry that greeted the murder of over 70 persons by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, had instructed the IGP to relocate to the state until the carnage was contained. The police boss had reportedly spent less than 24 hours in the state before leaving; attracting more condemnation from Nigerians. When the President was asked about the Inspector General’s absence on his visit to the state two months later, he replied in embarrassment, “The problem in Benue started worsening because the IGP refused to follow my instruction. What I did was to call him (IGP) and give him the directive. I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend much time, and then moved to Nasarawa. It’s only now that I am knowing that.” The Inspector-General Ibrahim Kpotom Idris mutually embarrassed himself and the presidency, and severely incurring the wrath of Nigerians.
3. The Transmission Saga
Let us quote him verbatim for purposes of emphasis: “I mean, transmission, I mean effort, that the transmission cooperation to transmission, I mean transmission to have effect, ehm, apprehend, I mean, apprehensive towards the recommendation, recommended formation effective and effect, I mean, apprehensive at the transmission of…and transmission and transmission for the effective in the police command”. What a ‘special’ day for Idris in Kano! What a howler! If I even had to add anything to that, I couldn’t trump the raw, projected howler on that stand. You just have to tip your hat to the Inspector General of Police for recurrent gaffes.