UPDATED: Former Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, came into the limelight in 2018 after describing Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man.
He was removed on January 16, 2019. He was replaced with Frank Mba, a former imager maker of NPF.
Remote cause of such utterance
Governor Ortom wasn’t happy over the killing of his people by criminals described as herdmen, which made him (Ortom) accused NPF of not taking action to prevent the menace.
His people are angry. Top Benue indigenes have threatened to recruit their own army for the purpose of protecting their people, if the Federal Government failed to come to their aid, and put an end to the carnage going on there.
Unfortunately, the people of Benue are not happy about the response of the security operatives to put them under control.
Instead of the Nigeria Police Force boss, Ibrahim Idris to visit the state to get first-hand information, he stayed in the Federal Capital Territory to claim that it’s a communal clash.
That sparked serious criticisms, and early this year (2018) over 70 people killed by the herdsmen were interred in a mass burial.
The ‘helpless’ governor called the Inspector general of Police to resign if he couldn’t provide security for the people of Benue.
To hear from the police and the government of Benue, Channels, the best tv station in Nigeria invited Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood, and the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase, to hear from both sides, and possibly find a way out of the destruction of lives and properties in the food basket of the nation.
The CPS maintained the stance of his boss:
“the IGP should resign if he can’t direct his men to restore peace in the state.”
In Nigeria, police is owned and controlled by the Federal Government. The IGP is appointed by the FG and takes order from it, while the IGP gives orders to all the state commissioners of police.
They report to the IGP, leaving a state governor in limbo as par security apparatus of his state.
However, governors in Nigeria like to be referred to as “Chief Security Officer” of their state. In reality it’s not true.
It was time for the PPRO Moshood to react to the call for the resignation of his boss. His statement can be described as the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Instead of addressing the issue at hand, rather he said the state governor himself should resign, saying:
“It’s irresponsible of Governor Ortom to call for the resignation of the IGP. The governor should resign, if he can’t maintain law and order in his state.
And I don’t think the police force will continue to dragg issues with a drowning governor.” That was on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (at about 9:00AM).
That statement irked CPS Akase, and the programme nearly degenerated to a confrontation between the two government officials.
The host of the programme, Maope Ogun-Yusuf of Channels intervened and threatened to discontinue the interview if both men failed to abide by the code of conduct of the programme.
Who is Jimoh Moshood?
Below is what we know about DCP Jimoh Moshood, who described called Ortom a drowning governor:
Jimoh Moshood is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) at the Nigeria Police Force
and the image-maker of the force.
He hails from Kwara State (Ilorin South). Moshood holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Political Science at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.
He attended several crime prevention courses abroad. A few of them include Crime Prevention of Korea Police, at Police Training Institute, Seoul, South Korea; Training Course on Anti – Hijacking Techniques and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy, Beijing, China.
He is also a member of Africa Business School Abuja and Associate Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration Of Nigeria.
A career as a police officer:
He had served as the DPO Central Area, Abuja (2012 – 2013). And later the Chief Superintendent of Police in charge Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Abuja, assumed duty as the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police.
Early 2017, Moshood was appointed the substantive Force Public Relations Officer, taking over from Mr. Don Awunah.
DCP Jimoh Moshood was a former Police Public Relations Officer for the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Command. While he was at the FCT Command, he won the Commissioner of Police Commendation Award for diligent and excellent performance.
Mr. Jimoh in the course of his professional career has attended courses and seminars within and outside Nigeria.
Courses/Seminars Attended within Nigeria
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Counter-Measures First Responder Training Course at United States Embassy, Abuja Nigeria. 2013
- Responsible Leadership and Ethics, Prevention Corruption Course by Pointman Leadership Institute, Abuja. 2012
Courses/Seminars Attended outside Nigeria
- Training Course on Anti-Hijacking Technique and Tactics for Developing Countries at Special Police Academy Beijing, China. 2016
- Seminar on Social Maritime Rescue and Salvage for Developing Countries at China Maritime Police Academy Ningbo, China. 2016
- Seminar on Social Construction and Management Reform at China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, China. 2014
- Crime Prevention of Korea Police at Police Training Institute, Seoul South Korea. 2013
- African Union Mission in Sudan (Amis Dafur)
He also has In-Mission Training Course in the following areas
- Child Right and Protection
- Gender Base Violence
- Human Right
- Community Policing
- Dafur Peace Agreement
- Basic skills in investigation. 2006
- Combat Operation Course at Mobile Force Training College, Maduguri. 2001
- Citizenship and Leadership Training Course at Mountain School, Shere Hills, Jos Plateau State. 2001
- DCP Jimoh was deployed as the Officer in Charge / Operation Officer Marla African Union in 2006
- Civpol Station, Dafur Sudanin 2007
DCP Jimoh Moshood is a member of different professional bodies, they include:
- Member Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
- Member African Business School Abuja
- Associate Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria
One would wonder how DCP Jimoh has time for reading, but that’s one of his hobbies. His other hobbies are: travelling, exercise/Jogging and playing Table Tennis.
DCP Jimoh is married and blessed with children.
He succeeded Donald Awunah. However, Jimoh Moshood was removed as the force Public Relations Officer on January 16, 2019 by the new IGP Muhammamed Adamu, and Frank Mba was announced as the new PRO of Nigeria Police Force.