Lawyer sues Mbu, wants him dismissed

Joseph Mbu

A Lagos-based lawyer, Tope Alabi, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to strip Joseph Mbu, the controversial Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, of his police rank and declare his office vacant.

In a suit FHC/L/CS/149/15, Mr. Alabi is seeking a declaration that Mr. Mbu, the first defendant, has abused his office and is unfit to be a police officer.

“It is in the interest of justice to declare the first defendant unfit to be and to remain a police officer in Nigeria, considering his public conduct all the time and to declare his position and seat vacant and a replacement made without delay,” Mr. Alabi said in his court papers.

A date is yet to be fixed for hearing.

Mr. Mbu, the newly posted AIG in charge of Zone 2, rose to infamy for his unguarded utterances as well as his recent clashes with politicians, civil society activists, and journalists.

Last week, while addressing police officers of the Ogun State Command, Mr. Mbu instructed them to be battle-ready to return “fire for fire” against politicians during the elections.

“If one of my men is killed, I shall kill 20 of them but don’t shoot first. If they shoot you, shoot back in self-defence. Anybody who fires you, fire him back in self-defence,” Mr. Mbu said.

In 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls protesters in Abuja slammed a N200 million damage suit against the Nigeria Police after Mr. Mbu banned their daily sit-ins to demand the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The police hierarchy promptly reversed the ban and the suit was dropped.

Also, in 2014, Mr. Mbu detained and arraigned a journalist before a Magistrate for branding him ‘controversial’ during a TV programme.

The magistrate struck out the charges.

In 2013, while the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Mbu engaged in frequent verbal clashes with Rotimi Amaechi, the state governor, with the latter accusing him of an assassination plot.

Mr. Alabi said these acts by a serving police officer are enough to declare his office vacant and replaced “without further delay.”

Joined in the suit before the Lagos court are the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, the Police Service Commission and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, as the second to fourth defendants.

As a senior police officer, according to Mr. Alabi, Mr. Mbu swore to uphold to the rule of law and abide by the Constitution, but has allegedly been behaving as if he is above the law.

“A prayer urging the court to determine whether Mbu is fit and proper to remain in office considering his controversial utterances and ‘his public misconduct,’ and whether the lives of Nigerians are not in danger as long as Mbu remains in office,” Mr. Alabi stated in his court filings.

The lawyer also wants the court to hold that Mr. Mbu’s threat, last week, is beyond his powers and therefore in breach of Section 308 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution.

Mr. Alabi also wants a declaration that his life and those of other Nigerians are in danger as long as Mr. Mbu remains in office, and that their rights cannot be guaranteed unless Mr. Mbu is removed.

Mr. Mbu had also told his men to arrest any erring governor before, during, or after the election.

The lawyer urged the court to stop Mr. Mbu from giving that order in line with Section 308 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution.

He also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Mr. Mbu from giving any orders during the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

Mr. Alabi said Mr. Mbu has no powers under the law to personally kill or direct officers under his control to kill innocent Nigerians in retaliation should any officer be attacked.

According to him, by Mr. Mbu’s utterance, he has chosen to flout the laws he swore to uphold as his statement is “capable of inciting mass killings, violence and anarchy”.

Mr. Alabi recalled that Mr. Mbu served in Rivers State and in the Federal Capital Territory where he continued to violate the Constitution by exhibiting “intolerant and unlawful” behaviour.

The lawyer also noted that the Inspector-General of Police’s distancing of himself from Mr. Mbu’s latest utterance by reiterating that the mandate of the police is to “save and protect lives and not to kill” is a testament of his over-reaching of his powers.


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  • Ade

    The courts have no power and jurisdiction to dismiss an innocent police officer.

    • Progress

      The court has the power to jail him for incitement to commit murder and man slaughter.

    • Man_Enough

      if the charges are proved, he will no longer be innocent.

  • Marquis_di_Gorgonzola

    “If one of my men is killed, I shall kill 20 of them but don’t shoot first.”
    ” If they shoot you, shoot back in self-defence.”
    “Anybody who fires you, fire him back in self-defence,”

    Also;
    ‘IF YOU RIG, YOU ROAST’
    ‘IF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2011 HAPPENS AGAIN, THE DOG & BABOON WILL BE SOAKED IN BLOOD’.

    Condemn one, condemn ALL! If so, WHY DO THE APC PRETENDERS AND THEIR MEDIA OUTFITS ACT DUMB AND LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN GENUINE DEMOCRATS CONDEMN THE ‘RIG & ROAST..AND DOG & BABOON’ POLICY OF THE APC???
    HYPOCRITES!

    • Man_Enough

      “rig and roast” or “dog and baboons” refer to and will be applied to only those who commit. mbu is saying that if 1 commits, 19 innocent ones should be killed in addition to the one who committed. there is a big difference.

  • Rommel

    Its about time this piece of shit is dealt with legally,we don’t need such characters in our law enforcement agencies

  • Rollingdollar

    If you want Buhari, why not Mbu? One has blood on his hands(Buhari) the other is threatening blood. Spot the difference.

    • Jika

      I think the best thing to do is to take Buhari to court as well.Let the courts pronounce him guilty of whatever charges that may be brought against him.That is rule of law.Mere pronouncements are not good enough to conclude that he has blood on his hands.What this lawyer did by taking Mu to court should be replicated by anyone who has an axe to grind with Buhari or anyone else for that matter.That is one way of deepening our democracy and entrenching the rule of law.

  • Joe

    I think this mbu is the right police for Nigerian politicians. If Nigeria can have men like mbu in each geopolitical zone, maybe our politicians may behave themselves. Alibi, the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case, hence dead on arrival.

    • DazzlingSmile

      Some that threaten to kill civilians is you best choice you should keep shut and bury you head in shame, are you not a civilian likewise your family member. This shouldn’t be able politics but for the safety of people

      • joe

        ur brain must be either like that of croc or swine. Do u know the number of ignorant civilians that these politicians manipulated and killed. Did u read what human right said last week?. Do u know that politicians are the ones supplying weapons to these ignorant civilians to kill opponents?. Mbu scares them to minimize death.

    • Oweja

      Joe, ah-no go fit support you on dat. Think e.g. for example, if you and I dey do jolly waka come and we come enter the street where dem just kpmemwen one police man. Assuming him colleagues wan carry out Mbu’s order; let us say dem don delete 18 already and two of us just waka enter di street, na who me and you get wey go console our mama??? A-beg Joe, if na joke, stop am o!!!

  • ROHCNAWN

    MBU IS MAD

  • BlackieUmukoro

    These later day dogs were in their cage when Adewusi introduced kill and go and they indeed killed without provocation. Mbu a perfect gentlemen only warned the proponents of OPERATION WETIE not to try it on his men as the idiots will be visited with collateral damage. This bom boy lawyer is just a meddlesome interloper

  • Usman

    This issue ought to be treated with urgency, criminal minded people should be relieved of any public appointment

  • Arogbo

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS MORON BY THE NAME MBU BEHIND BARS SOMEWHERE IN KIRIKIRI. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE HIS STAY IN LAGOS MISERABLE. MOTHERFUCKER COCKSUCKER!!!

  • SamPsalm

    At least, one Nigerian ready to do more than comment on a thread and hurl useless insult. Welldone Counsel

  • Ashien

    First of all, let Mbu’s mental block be examined before taking him to court, so that the court may not make a mistake of prosecuting a mentally ill man.

  • Man_Enough

    thank you Tope Alabi. it is better to take the law into the courts than take it into your hands.

    • Oweja

      I don’t know why Lagos people like trouble like this. Mbu reigned like a King-kong in Rivers and was left alone. This is a professional law enforcer who made Amaechi to stop running his mouth any how. Chei! Mbu dey too much biko!!! Were there no lawyers in Rivers state? I want to plead with the IG to please return him to Rivers where his services will be more appreciated. Lagos wahala too much a-beg!!!!

  • Baka

    I laugh at Mbu because all he was trying to do is to convince people that he is intelligent and popular, unfortunately, he expose his ignorant and child brain. U must be intelligent b4 u become popular. Mbu, although u did not defeat Ameachi in Rivers bcos Ameachi has succeeded in having u transfer, so how could u think that u can talk rubbish in Lagos? Now, Go to court and answer the brain Lawyer question whether u can kill innocence people lives and go free. Hahahahahah