The governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi has dismissed comments against him by a former Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mbu, who on Monday claimed he “tamed” the governor during his (Mbu) tenure.
Mr. Mbu, who was the Rivers State Police Commissioner until February when he was redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, had described himself as a lion who tamed Mr. Amaechi.
The former commissioner, who was last month promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, spoke while handling over to the new FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, on Monday in Abuja.
Both Messrs. Amaechi and Mbu had a running battle while the latter served in the state. The police officer allegedly acted the script of the First lady, Patience Jonathan, against the governor with whom she had fallen out.
Mrs. Jonathan is an indigene of Rivers State.
Responding to the comment in a statement by his media aide, David Iyofor, on Tuesday, Mr. Amaechi scoffed at Mr. Mbu’s claims to be a lion and described the cop as “a puppet who completely lacked the steel and strength of character of a lion, and is rather a shameless, corrupt puppet and toothless attack dog of a woman.”
The governor did not however name the woman.
According to him, Mr. Mbu was not only infamous but draconian while in Rivers State.
The statement added, “Indeed it’s very sad, pathetic, however ironic that Mbu called himself a lion. Which lion? This character call Mbu Joseph Mbu completely lacks the courage, steel and strength of character of a lion. Rather he’s a shameless, corrupt puppet of a woman.
“This is a man paid by taxpayers to protect, secure and serve the interests of the people. But when he was in Rivers State, he spurned the people, he trampled on the masses and rather elected to be the partisan servant of one woman, to be the woman’s tool in causing disaffection, confusion and crises in Rivers State. Mbu shamelessly and corruptly turned himself into the toothless attack dog of this woman to fight the government and people of Rivers State.”
“How can a man who has no strength of character to be himself, be a man and stand up to a woman, a man who willingly submits himself to serve as the puppet of a woman call himself a lion? How ironic! Mr. Mbu, no lion behaves like that! You are a disgrace and shame to the Nigerian Police Force.”
The governor said Mr. Mbu epitomized everything that is wrong with the police in Nigeria and that the former commissioner not only disobeyed the Inspector General of Police during his time in Rivers State, but also clearly acted lawlessly, like a man who is above the law and in fact, turned himself into the law.
“All these, Mbu did because he was the puppet of one woman, a woman who clearly has no constitutional role to play in the governance of Rivers State or Nigeria,” Mr. Amaechi said.
“Mr. Mbu’s only claim to fame and prominence is because he has turned himself into a willing tool and servant of this woman. Mbu is a very bad example of a police officer.”
The governor recounted that when the former commissioner finally left the state, Mbu disobeyed the instruction of the Inspector General of Police to pack out of his official residence in Rivers State.
He said, “Mbu refused to pack out because he said he would come back here (to Rivers State) as the Commissioner to organize the 2015 elections. When eventually he packed out and this is a long time after his successor had resumed here, he took everything including the carpet and nothing has happened to him, nobody has punished him for that.
“During his time here, when we hold Security Council meetings in Rivers State, he goes to report the proceedings of the meetings, what everyone said, to his woman puppeteer. What a shame. Mbu is a disgrace to the Police Force.”
Mr. Amaechi said a thousand Mbus could neither “tame” him nor the people of Rivers State to surrender their constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights to anyone, no matter how highly placed.