Sets up three-member panel to compile 100 sins of the CP
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday constituted a three-member committee to compile a comprehensive list of atrocities committed by the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu since he assumed office in February, 2013, and send to the United Nations.
The Committee is headed by Andy Nweye, with Chukwuemeka Eze as Secretary and Emeka Bekee as the third member. It has two weeks to submit its report.
Mr. Mbu had come under heavy criticism from the party because of the manner the state police command had handled the lingering political crisis in the state.
The police chief was alleged to have taken sides with a group of politicians opposed to the state governor. He is also accused of taking orders from the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, an indigene of the state against the governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and his supporters.
Mr. Amaechi had not only repeatedly demanded his redeployment, but also dragged him to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.
Inaugurating the panel in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, the state APC interim Chairman, Davies Ikanya, said its members were chosen based on merit and expressed confidence that they would do a good job.
Mr. Ikanya tasked the committee to come up with at least 100 sins of Mr. Mbu against the people of the state for transmission to the United Nations; claiming the relevant institutions in Nigeria lacked the capacity to call him to order.
“This committee is made up of well-informed political experts and meticulous researchers; so I expect you to come up with a list of not less than 100 sins of CP Mbu against Rivers State and its people for formal submission to the UN as it seems that the Nigerian institutions in charge of the Police Force in Nigeria are toying with the security and lives of the people of Rivers State,” Mr. Ikanya said.
“True, the assignment is difficult but CP Mbu has made your work easy by his brazen partisanship in favour of the opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state.
“As a result of his overzealousness to impress his masters as an undeclared member of the PDP, the police commissioner commits a fresh sin against the good people of Rivers State almost on a daily basis.”
The APC chairman said he regretted that Rivers State has not known peace since the CP assumed duties last year and that the state now perched at the edge of the precipice security-wise.
He said the party’s position is that Mr. Mbu be immediately redeployed outside Rivers State saying he is a curse to the State and her people. He said he regretted that calls by some well-meaning Nigerians, including the National Assembly, for Mr. Mbu’s redeployment has fallen on the deaf ears of the police authorities in Abuja and the Federal Government.
He, however, expressed strong belief that “there will surely be a day of reckoning, and when that day comes, CP Mbu will be called to account for his stewardship in Rivers State. When that day of
reckoning comes, the work of your committee will play a big role in getting Mbu to pay for his sins against Rivers State and its people.”
Responding on behalf of the other members of the panel, Mr. Nweye thanked the chairman for the confidence reposed in them and promised that they would live up to expectation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ikanya has expressed dismay at the stand of the Labour Party, PDP, a factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Vincent Umeh, as well other groups that condemned the position of the national leadership of APC that its members in the National Assembly should shoot down any Executive Bills until the anomalies happening in Rivers State were corrected.
He said, “It is sad that what some of these organisations are saying is that they prefer that Rivers State should be subjected to the type of impunity acts associated with CP Mbu and his cohorts instead of calling the Presidency to order as regards its wicked roles in this macabre dance in Rivers State.
“With this development, we are gradually knowing our foes and friends. Very sad that not minding all that Rivers State has sacrificed and contributed to build this nation, our plight no longer counts; but God is watching.”