Amaechi, Mbu in fresh war of words

Joseph Mbu

A former Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, and the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, have engaged in a war of words.

Following Mr. Amaechi’s statement on Thursday that the ex-police commissioner almost ruined the state’s economy during his tenure, Mr. Mbu replied that as a lion, he was able to tame the governor, who he referred to as a leopard.

He stated this while handing over to his FCT successor, Wilson Inalegwu.

“I advise you (CP) to carry the senior officers along in your administration. It is only a lion that can tame a leopard. I tamed the leopard in Port Harcourt. Each time he remembers my face, he would remember how I tamed him,” Mr. Mbu said.

Mr. Mbu, recently promoted to an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, is best known for his face-off with the Rivers State governor during his tenure as the police commissioner in the state.

He was redeployed from Rivers State to the Federal Capital Territory on February 6.

The outgoing CP advised Mr. Inalegwu to carry his senior officers along in his duty.

He also told Mr. Inalegwu to be firm in his dealings with personnel in his command while carrying out his duties.
“I have sworn allegiance to Nigeria and to this Police uniform, that anyone who stops me from doing my job, I will crush him. The Police at the command needs strong leadership. The moment you start asking your men to bring building materials you have soiled yourself and they will no longer respect you,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Amaechi had on Thursday alleged that the ex-police commissioner almost ruined his state’s economy.
While receiving the outgoing Rivers State CP, Tunde Ogunshakin, and and his successor, Dan Bature, on Thursday in his office, the governor said Mr. Mbu abandoned his professional role of protecting lives and property to serve the members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Ogunshakin was sent to replace Mr. Mbu in Rivers State, after the governor repeatedly demanded Mr. Mbu’s transfer.

Mr. Ogunshakin was, however, redeployed recently while a new commissioner, Dan Bature, was posted to the state.
Mr. Amaechi praised Mr. Ogunshakin saying that he did not quiver in his line of duty as a police commissioner even when they had a misunderstanding.

The governor said Mr. Mbu showed everyone in the state that he is a registered member of the ruling party, the PDP.
“Unlike Joseph Mbu, who clearly showed us that he was a registered member of PDP, in your (Mr. Ogunsakin) own case, you know that we had disagreement, but you realized your responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property as the paramount responsibility of the Nigerian Police,” Mr. Amaechi said.

A face-off between the former CP and Mr. Amaechi, began to receive serious coverage in the media after the violence in the Rivers State House of Assembly in July 2013.

Mr. Amaechi had accused Mr. Mbu of colluding with the presidency to undermine his government.

Mr. Amaechi is one of the five PDP’s governors who decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC.


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  • Rico

    Why do we have problems with some senior police officers, especially from some particular region, they are always there to cause trouble instead of making peace as required by their professional ethics?

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Wrong, shaky, irritating and wobbling conclusion. Cannot stand

    • redeem

      Amaechi is a wastrel———————who like his boss Tinubu depends on the daily intake of (abina)—-coka to steady himself————-ati his brain————-see what is wrong with Nigeria————u did not have trouble with yr thieving IGP-balogun who almost stole the police and nation blind—————see why i said the regional hatred for Jonathan is not about his great performances but the zones he hails from- in the SS——————some of u are yet to over-come the shock of having an Ijaw man as president——————————–that is yr trouble——–yr regional thoughts are———yet to be properly liberated———–how many dare disagree with a drug addict like tinubu in his APC of the South West————not to talk of the the president of the FRN————who the hell is Amaechi————-whose only qualification in life is the first degree he holds in English———what are his achievements————–beyond the fact that he was hired as a PR in Odilis Clinic period—-from where he was raised into the state house of assembly—————Amaechi is like a leopard———–he will never change his skin—-he stinks—————————–the most brainless governor in the SS——————always making noise to attract flies to his terrrible body————–ordour—–from drugs

      • Rico

        You know the truth, Balogun did the wrong thing, he paid for it, and because his kinsmen refused to join chop-sand-band, no one or group supported all evils he committed, no one came out like we’ve been seeing now, that’s called civilisation and sensibility, it’s not about money, it’s about being sensible and civilised, compared to barbarism ideologies of some groups of barbarians, who sees nothing of themselves but the victims in all cases, those that needs to be emancipated from third class citizen mentality.
        Who gives a pint on who becomes president? When people are happy with good health care, security and affordable food on table, they may even forget to go out to vote, why should a police commissioner be a trouble maker? Because he is corrupt and have the backing of the power that be, why should we condemn such people if they happened to originate from same region all the time? Because such officer s will bring shame to their people as Balogun had done, and why do people like you are against it? Because you’ve lost all sensibilities.

    • sharp shape

      What ? Region oh well we can’t all be smart mate !

  • BlackieUmukoro

    The lion indeed tamed the leopard. No wonder the tamed leopard can never stop talking about the gallant exploits of the lion. Na fear dey catch am

  • The_Flying_Dutchman

    One thing I’ve noticed about these APC stalwarts is that they talk too much, Lie alot, leave substance and chase shadows, very childish and very very petty.
    I can say with all sense of responsibility that I suspect Lying and abusing must be an integral part of their manifesto.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    In the animal kingdom, lions too come to grief!

  • Ahmed Arsenal Abubakar

    Lions tame leopard in the bush. So, forward march 2 sambisa forest where more than 300 kidnapped girls are kept. Go and tame shekau

    • Inah Etemfa

      Your comments on serious issues just keep me laughing.

  • Chris1408

    I’m really glad Mbu compared himself to a wild animal, which he truly is. Wild animal that needs to be in the forest and not among civilized human beings.

  • matmail

    You are all jobless.

  • Egbu Yugo

    This was meant to be satire but came out was done in bad taste

  • Bash

    This is really funny!

    A relief from the world of politics! 😀

  • Abubakar Aliyu Maradun Danmada

    Racism indeed!