You’re a power-hungry dictator, Rivers Police Commissioner tells Governor Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

The Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Joseph Mbu, on Thursday descended on Governor Rotimi Amaechi, describing him as a power-hungry dictator.

The commissioner made the comment at a press conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, during which he responded to claims by the Rivers State government that the crime rate in the state had gone up since his arrival in the state.

Mr. Mbu said Mr. Amaechi hated him and had been playing politics with his name because he refused to be subservient to him.

He said, “Sometimes, silence is golden but sometimes it is misconstrued. I have respect for Governor Amaechi but his attacks on me are going beyond bounds.

“Our governor is very tyrannical, he is a dictator. He wants everybody to say ‘yes sir’ to him and I said I will not say so. I am a professional.

“The governor should please stop playing politics with my name. I will tell the whole world why the governor is against me in the next interview. I will also tell you the crime rate before I came to Rivers and what the situation is now.”

The police commissioner also suggested Mr. Amaechi was power-hungry and had tried unsuccessfully to usurp his role as chairman of internal security meetings in the state.

He said a formal letter from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) directed the commissioner of police to chair the meeting, but that Mr. Amaechi insisted that it should be rotated.

“One issue I have had with the governor is who chairs internal security meetings in the state.

“He, (governor) said we should rotate it but I said no, there is a letter from the NSA on this.

“It is the commissioner of police that does. I told him if my predecessors did not do what was right I won’t follow them.

“The commissioner of police is to chair the forum and assume responsibility to brief the governor.

“I told him the Inspector-General of police has so many sources of information. I told the governor that my loyalty to the governor is total,’’ he said.

Mr. Mbu also said that no formal security meeting had been held since he came to the state, noting that he had not received any letter convening security meeting.

“I am not here for any agenda. I have respect for the office of the governor and the governor of the state, but let him (governor) also have respect for the police and me,’’ Mr. Mbu said.

But responding to the police commissioner’s claims, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, described Mr. Mbu’s comments on Mr. Amaechi as “most unfortunate”.

“Mbu’s comments are most unfortunate, but we will prefer to address the matters raised administratively,” she said.


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  • odia

    Sorry o Mr. Mbu! You are the one to tell the Rivers people their Governor is a dictator. I think they know their Governor better and are wise enough to asses him. Face your job and stop politiking. I think you should know you cannot police well if the people do not cooperate with you and the people will not cooperate with you if continue to insult the people and Governor they themselves elected..

  • Dominic’s

    Mr CP, the gov is ur boss whether u like it or not, b’cos he is the chief security officer of the State, so pls stop insulting the governor

  • abas emily osa

    Imagine the gross insubordination! And he says that Amaechi is power hungry. We all know that the police are apt at lies and deception and their soul can be bought over for just a few pennies. Is Amaechi lying? Generally there has been a marginal increase in crime rate nation wide. Please Mr CP respect the uniform and go and read up on your constitution, Rules and laws governing the Police force. I just hope you were not on uniform when you were vomitting all this rubbish.

  • Anthony

    I wonder why some people just comment on issues without reading details. Because Amechi Ȋ̝̊§ our Governor S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ the right thing should ₪o† be done.

  • Sadiq Garba

    That there had never been security meeting in the state since you came, where did the chairmaship tussle of the council took place?

    Can you be bold to tell the world that you have not been taking sides in the politics of the state?

    How many instructions did you carryout from those who are not suppose to instruct you

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    This problem will continue to arise until we allow governors to run state police forces like in the United States.The north has always used it unjust number in the legislature to block patriotic attempts to ensure true Federalism. They are the problem, not Joseph Mbu. Lets tackle the main issue and stop this gossip.

  • justice

    But aren’t you supposed to be subservient to the governor? This man’s statement exposed him here. He is sent here to cause mischief. Pity.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Actually no. the constitution makes the IGP superior to the governor. quarrel with the constitution not the innocent man.

    • Es3

      The CP is expected to team up and work with the governor and not be sunsevient to him! Please check and confirm first before saying anything more!

  • Johnson

    Amaechi is a dictator. Mr Mbu is correct. Amaechi wants all to lick his boot

  • Edo

    It is so obvious that this is not a commissioner of police, but political operative disguised in uniform trying to implement Jonathan/Patience’s agenda in Rivers State. But let me remind him that political situation is very dynamic in nature. What of if tomorrow comes and Rotimi Amaechi is the President of this country or the Minister of Police Affairs or someone that can determine Joseph Mbu’s fate? Think properly Mr. Police commissioner, because surely, tomorrow will definately come. Leave politics for politicians and be faithful only to Nigerian’s constitution. Stop making political statement. If “the ogas on the top” has nothing to do with this nonsense, I think Joseph Mbu should be out of job by now.

  • Richy Amechi Fidel

    Jonathan has really destroyed this country, look at a common CP insulting a Governor just because of the powers given to him by Jonathan.

  • Richy Amechi Fidel

    What do you know about dictatorship? Who is the dictator? Jonathan or Amaechi?

  • Richy Amechi Fidel

    Mr. Mbu, I hope you remembered what happened to the former IGP Hafiz Ringim? Jonathan used him right from Bayesla as the Governor then and Hafiz was later disgraced and pushed out of the office through a compulsory retirement. Have you forgotten the case of Tafa Balogun? Becareful Mr. Mbu and try to respect your Oga who is Rotimi Amaechi as long as you are in River State, calamity will soon befall you.