Controversial AIG Mbu ‘serial embarrassment’ to Nigeria Police — NLC

Joseph Mbu

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has launched a scathing attack on controversial police Assistant Inspector General, Joseph Mbu, after the officer ordered the arrest of a TV journalist for describing him as “controversial”.

Mr. Mbu, a former police commissioner in Rivers State and lately, Abuja, has drawn condemnations for clamping down on public protests, and government critics.

On Thursday, senior lawyers and civil society groups demanded his immediate dismissal over the arrest of Amaechi Anakwe of the AIT television.

In a separate statement Wednesday, the NLC warned the officer it will resist any attempt at muzzling the media and described him as a “serial embarrassment” to the police force.

Read NLC’s full statement below:

The Nigeria Labour Congress views with serious concern the unlawful and unjustifiable arrest, detention and alleged torture of Mr. Amaechi Anekwe of the Africa Independent, AIT, at the instance of Mr Joseph Mbu an AIG of Police.

The offence of Mr. Anekwe is that he had referred to Mr. Mbu as “controversial”, which in our view is neither derogatory nor libelous. Even if the word or sentence were otherwise, there are lawful channels of redress. Mr Mbu cannot be judge and prosecutor in his own case.

Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to which we are all answerable in spite of our station in life.

The arrest and detention of Mr. Anekwe is therefore a calculated attempt to muscle the press and free speech in a democracy. And it does not appear to be an isolated case as a few months earlier, this same Mbu violently broke up the Bring-Back-the – Chibok- Girls Campaign on the basis of a non-existent law, drawing international condemnation of the government.

His antecedents in Rivers State from where he was deployed to Abuja are not less sinister. Rather than receive a reprimand, Mbu was rewarded with a choice posting and promotion, with not a few speculating that he is being positioned to be IGP.

A few weeks ago, a chest- thumping Mbu had boasted at his hand-over ceremony that he was “the lion that tamed the tiger of Rivers State”.

Much earlier though unrelated to Mbu, newspaper publications adjudged not to be friendly to the government were routinely seized and destroyed.

We want to serve strong notice that we shall resist any attempt to gag the press or harass any one going about their lawful duty in a peaceful and lawful manner.

It is too soon to forget that the media played a leading role in securing the fourth republic for Nigerians. That task was not accomplished by playing the lapdog of everyone.

We now find it necessary to sound a note of caution on Mr Mbu. His above- the-law attitude to the work of law enforcement gives him out as one that is more inclined to promoting anarchy than the rule of law.

He does not seem to represent the mainstream 21st century police if his routine primitive, partisan and primordial outbursts are anything to go by. He is a serial embarrassment to the Police Force we need.

The Police Force we need is the one that is concerned with public good, law, order and justice. We doubt Mr Mbu is in the right company.

And finally, a word for those that invest and promote lions. Quite often times they end up in their bellies.

Peter Ozo-Eson
General Secretary, NLC


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  • Chris1408

    The man is an embarrassment to himself. When you look for disgrace in the dictionary, it has MBU picture next to it

    • Ashibogu

      Mbu will arrest you o! The man is a Lion o! I beg go beg am!

  • DD

    Nice one! Let him arrest “the NLC” too.

  • Okache

    It is a pity the man comes from Cross River state. The man is a huge disgrace and disappointment.

    • Antidote

      Honestly. I shiver to think Cross River can produce this thug in uniform…

      • Man_Enough

        he is a benue man.

  • Hah!

    … But he was described as one of the very BEST in the Police Force by the former IG. You guys should not be surprise if the notorious / controversial MBU emerge as the NEXT Inspector General, because wonders shall never end in this Naija.

  • Dan Fulani

    Tahir Jidda did worse in Borno in early eighties, where s he today?
    Not very long ago Tafa Balogun was like god, where is he today?
    This Mbu must be very careful with PDP.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Very correct. In matters like this, Dan, the end is often predictable. His story is sad. More disastrous are those who sat and concluded a man like this deserves to be an AIG in Nigeria.

    • Ashibogu

      It shall come to pass this this cop called Mbu Judas Mbu will soon be history like one of those bad dreams of the night

  • MOG Jimmy

    How did the journalist qualify the “Controversial”….? Is Mbu J. Mbu not teaching the user of the word how a controversial officer behaves? Should we not mind our words?

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    The worst still is that after all the unmerited promotions, this man will retire and then get into politics and still use his controversial ways to become president of Nigeria. It is then that we will be in deep trouble. All of us may end up in the stomach of this controversial “Lion”.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    Where are the e-rant that was telling us Mbu was professional in what he did at River state and that earned him his present promotion. I still wish same people to come here and tell us he is professional. If professional, then many commentators here are in trouble and in for arrest.

  • Jimoh

    A guaranteed Prophecy – those that promote lions end up in their belly – so shall it be in Jesus name.

  • Ashibogu

    All we are saying, Leave Mbu alone x 10
    Who does not know that Mbu is above the law? He rides in the same car with TB Joshua.

  • buzu

    All of u are under arrest. All of u should report to force headquarters tomorrow by 10am or face arrest. (MJM) AIG

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  • Akpan.

    Kindly recall that Mr Mbu described himself as an animal known as lion? Hello Nigerians!

  • bulltron10

    Abeg make una leave our General Mbu alone. This is a lesson to anyone who will approach our police general and call him controversial. He will soon be appointed as the IG sef, Keep up the good work General Mbu.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    This policeman, Joseph Mbu, has dug his own grave. He thinks President Jonathan will remain president forever. The moment Jonathan is out of power, Mbu will be thrown out of the police. He has got to the journey’s end with this post of AIG for doing Dame Jonathan’s bidding in Rivers.

  • Joe igbokwe

    JUDE NDUKWE, JUDE NDUKWE, JUDE NDUKWE. HOW MANY TIMES DID I CALL YOU? THREE TIMES abi? THE LAST TIME I WROTE ABOUT Atulu mulu Ebunu Gba aka nwa o o iwoliwo o o o o o, YOU CAME TO DEFEND NOTHING. TODAY YOU ARE HERE AGAIN. IS IT THAT YOU CANNOT FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO TO EARN A LIVING? WHAT KIND OF WRITE UP IS THIS AT A TIME LIKE THIS? Ololololo atulu mulu ebunu gba aka nwa o o iwoliwo ooooooooooooooooooo!

    • TrueNja

      Stop throwing stones when you live in a glass house. Aren’t you a paid writer for the rogue certificate forger Tinubu? Pls quiet

  • Maria

    Yibos and wayo politics…. Fani will soon finish what he stole from GEJ campaign funds… he will then turn
    against yibos…

  • Ayemi

    When you tell people what they are not, that is when they start developing swollen heads. Because you deceive them a lot that is why we have useless and reckless elites in Nigeria. This guy has never known for anything good. Stop misleading people like Femi. Femi represents nothing. He is just an ordinary he-goat, who goes about sleeping with all kinds of women. Jude, you have to be careful about what you tell people. and stop deceiving yourself.

  • TrueNja

    Himmmmmmm, image laundering paid writer.. Happy birthday bros Femi!

  • Chuks

    The time taken to conceive people like F. K is wasted. Only druggies celebrate this useless birthday.

  • deji

    “The Igbos are collectively unlettered (illiterates), uncouth (unrefined), uncultured (savages), unrestrained (wild), and crude (primitive) in all their ways!” – Femi Fani-Kayode