A journalist reportedly known as Aminu Nurudeen who allegedly posted the viral video showing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, struggling to read a speech at a public event in Kano, has gone into hiding
According to online reports, the Kano State Police Command invited the reporter to its office immediately the video went viral.
The video shows the Inspector General of Police struggling to read his speech at the inauguration of the Police Technical Intelligence Unit in Kano State on Monday.
Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Musa Magaji Majiya, invited the journalist on Thursday but his whereabouts had been unknown since then.
Sources close to the police said the police authorities were upset with the journalist because he had allegedly disobeyed a directive by the Kano State Police Command to journalists present at the event not to report the IG’s blunder or make the video public.
According to sources, the IG’s blunder brought an abrupt end to the event, leading the police chief’s handlers to hurriedly usher him away from the venue of the event.
The viral video showed the IG delivering an incoherent speech, which had since exposed him to public ridicule around the country and mostly on social media.
In a part of the transcription of the footage, Idris said,
“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.”
Voice of Liberty had posted the video on Wednesday. It was gathered on Friday that the IG was embarrassed by the trending video and had ordered an investigation into its release.
In the video, the police boss stumbled over nearly every word in the address, pronouncing transition as transmission.
The over two minutes video showed Idris apologising to the audience intermittently as he struggled to read the speech which appeared to be a few pages long.
As he battled to read the speech, a senior police officer moved to his side to assist him, but he still struggled to read the speech.
It was gathered that detectives were using the police technical platform to track the original source of the video on social media.
It was learnt that bloggers that posted the video might be interrogated by the police for allegedly “peddling a doctored video meant to cast the IG in bad light and embarrass the police leadership.”
Idris, in an interactive media chat on the police Twitter handle, Nigerian Police @PoliceNG #Askthepolice, had also told Nigerians that the video was doctored.
“Yes, it was doctored,” he said in response to a question from a twitter user who wanted to know why he bungled the speech.
The mood at the Force headquarters on Friday was solemn as policemen believed the video was sponsored by the enemies of the IG.
“I believe the IG may not be the most intelligent officer, but he is capable of presenting coherent speeches,” a Deputy Superintendent of Police who also spoke on condition of anonymity said.
The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood could not be reached for comments as he did not respond to calls.
He had yet to respond to a text message as of the time of filing this report.