Afenifere group demands AIG Mbu’s redeployment from Lagos

Joseph Mbu

The Afenifere Renewal Group, a Yoruba socio-political group, has petitioned the Police Service Commission demanding the redeployment of controversial police officer, Joseph Mbu, from Lagos.

In a letter dated February 20, sent to the Inspector-General of Police, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Police Affairs, the group also demanded that Mr. Mbu, an Assistant Inspector of Police, be disciplined.

“We reckon that the Police Service Commission is vested with the power to ‘dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons (other than the Inspector-General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force,'” the ARG said in the petition signed by Ayo Afolabi, its General Secretary.

“Therefore, we demand, in accordance with the manifest desires of our people, that: 1. AIG Mbu be redeployed from Zone 2 with immediate effect and (2) He should be made to face appropriate disciplinary action (s).”

Zone 2 comprises of Lagos and Ogun Police Commands.

Mr. Mbu, the newly-posted AIG in charge of Zone 2, has courted controversy for months with his comments, and has frequently clashed with politicians, civil society activists, and journalists.

Last month, 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, a former Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, said.

Few weeks later, Mr. Mbu issued a recantation, and claimed the media misquoted him. He claimed to have merely advise “his policemen not to be cowardly but to be guided by Force Order 237 on the use of their firearms”.

But before then, a Lagos-based lawyer, Tobe Alabi, had filed a suit before a federal high court seeking the dismissal of the police officer.

According to Mr. Alabi, Mr. Mbu had abused his office and is no longer fit to be a police officer.

The ARG’s petition backed the lawyer’s claim, insisting that Mr. Mbu is “genuinely unfit” to police the zone according to established laws, professionalism, and global best practices.

“AIG Mbu’s intention, as portrayed by his statements above, is, until repudiated, that of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the group said.

“This is more worrisome because AIG Mbu’s language is similar to those of ex-militants who, without any restrain, have been threatening the entire country with war.”

The group further said that Mr. Mbu’s utterances and conducts, rather than seek cooperation from the public, had shown disregard for law and order and constituted authority.

The group also said that Mr. Mbu’s intention, as portrayed by his statements, has eroded the people’s trust in the integrity and professionalism of the Police under him.

“It is important, in order to restore citizens’ trust in the Nigeria Police, that your action(s) on this petition should comply with the Nigeria Police Code of Conduct.”


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  • progress

    Send Mbu to sambisa division to go and deal with the BH insurgents. Fake policeman!

  • Nta Ekeng

    AIG Mbu has come to stay as area commander zone 2. The fear of Mbu is the beginning of wisdom. So you think you can kill policeman and go like that? You must be joking!!!

    • Ezba

      By the time he kills a member of your family, I guess you would still praise him?

    • Ayelala

      Just wait until the ideal time. Not one person would serve beyond his zone. That way you can stay within your primitive societies and devour each other
      Clowns.

  • Sangbafo

    AIG MBU must leave. If he has collected money from Goodluck Jonathan let him keep his oil blood money. He must not try any rigging in Yorubaland. We Yorubas are watching him closely.

    • burning spear

      So Nigeria now belongs to you the Yorubas abi —

      • irapada

        Zone 1&2 belong to the Yorubas

        • MC

          Of course everything in Yoruba land, even other tribes’ properties and businesses belong to you.

          • irapada

            Nobody invited you. You came on your own. Our borders are always open, you can leave if you are pained. Mbu is in Yoruba land.

          • MC

            You think too much of your Yorubaland aight? Yorubaland or nothing. The Eldorado, perhaps. Lol

      • Sangbafo

        Look at this small boy. So because of OIL you brain is blocked you cannot remember what you said again. You used your own mouth in Bayelsa Govt House in Ijaw land to say amalgamation has ended. Which means there is no Nigeria-and President Jonathan the Ijaw President blessed your statement. So what do you want we Yorubas to do? Smile at you and not defend Yorubaland from a thug like Mbu? No my broda. Time for “big grammar” which always accused we Yorubas of has passed. The borders of Nigeria are clear. I will not talk about Ijaw affairs. I will only talk about Yoruba affairs. If Mbu tries any nonsense-rigging or any rubbish – in Yorubaland, we YORUBAS will STOP IT-period.

        • MC

          How will you stop him? With Area Boys? Lol!

  • Layo

    Where was Mbu or Mr Ibu when the robbers came to Lekki? He was under his bed I guess. Coward.

  • Captano

    I support the retention of AIG Mbu in Zone 2 to deploy fire for fire.
    That is what it should be. Policemen are not fair game for killing by anyone.
    Afenifere Renewal Group is talking rubbish. AIG Mbu in Zone 2 must STAY.

    • Ed

      Just one of President Jonathan’s thugs. He’s no officer, certainly not a gentleman.

  • burning spear

    APC clearly does not believe in democracy or in the democratic process. It is the party of threats and blackmail. It is the party of Muhammadu Buhari; who says the dogs and the baboon will be soaked in blood if the 2015 election is rigged. It is the party of Bola Tinubu, who declared that in Ekiti it will be “rig and roast.” It is the party of Murtala Nyako, who says there will be civil war if Goodluck Jonathan runs for president in the next election.

    Before every election, APC goes to town shouting itself hoarse that the election will be rigged. It brings out all sorts of fictitious documents showing “beyond reasonable doubt” that the PDP, in collusion with the INEC, has perfected outrageous plans to rig the election. Then when it loses, it says “We told you so” and decides to contest the results frivolously in court. Apparently, the only election that is not rigged in Nigeria today is the one that APC wins. At least, we are yet to hear APC say it is going to court to contest the Osun results.

    • Sangbafo

      The point is that there is no difference in the language of Mbu and the language of thugs in OPC, MASSOB and the Niger Delta ethnic militia who President Jonathan just bribed with 9 billion Naira. So is Mbu a thug in uniform? Just asking you burning spear since you, Mbu and Mr. Jonathan belong to the same party-PDP.

  • burning spear

    Youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State, under the
    aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) have demanded explanations
    from leaders of the party over the spending of N25 million allegedly
    released for the production of 250,000 copies of audio and video
    recordings of the details of how the June 21, 2014 governorship
    election was allegedly rigged in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

    Spokesperson of the party, Taiwo Olatubosun had said last week that
    250,000 copies of the audio and video Compact Discs (CDs) were printed
    and distributed.

    However, the APC youths in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday and
    jointly signed by Mr Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye,
    Convener and Secretary respectively, said: “no single audio or video
    CD was produced.”

    The youths said they have been reliably informed that a sum of N25
    million was collected by Taiwo Olatubosun and three other leaders of
    the party to produce the CDs.

    They said they were alarmed that despite the huge sum of money
    collected, no single CD of the alleged rigging of the election was
    produced contrary to Olatunbosun’s claim that 250,000 copies were
    produced.

    • Sangbafo

      Please add the 9 billion Naira which President Jonathan used to bribe the thug Gani Adams of OPC to cause violence and instigate insecurity in Yorubaland. Even when we Yorubas can deal with the violence Gani Adams of OPC and President Jonathan will cause in Yorubaland, you should kindly add the 9 billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan gave Gani Adams of OPC to your list. Thanks so much.

    • MC

      Signs of things to come?

  • justice

    Difficult times for Nigeria.

  • Spoken word

    MBU is a typical corrupt policeman.he can bark at politicians but shy’s away from proper police work.after all the bragado that nobody will get away with killing policemen.he conveniently kept quiet when 3 policemen were killed in lekki,lagos.what a coward.

  • Ade#

    Mbu is a careless talker.

  • favourtalk

    It is better that they made the call early now because everyone knows what mbu stands for and they don’t want him to cause a problem in our land. We wants a peaceful election and nothing less, nigerians deserve better

  • MC

    Mbu is a fearless officer who already has secured a good place in history. Afenifere, stop crying wolf.

    • Julius

      By telling his officers to shoot civilians ? In a country that is governed by law, he would have been sacked.

      • MC

        Julius, fly straight. He asked them to shoot back if shot at, but they should not shoot first. What’s wrong in that ? Or do you think that police officers are not human beings like you?

        • Julius

          I have never, ever, ever heard a police officer telling his men to shoot CIVILIANS. Maybe he should go back to police school. What a professional police office will tell his men is..PROTECT YOURSELF, WITHDRAWS from confrontations. I know nobody value life in Nigeria and most police dont. If a senor or junior police officer told his/her men that here in the U S, he or she is gone

  • richkid

    Lol an average logosian is tired of what fashola is using tout to do to them like tinubu did too. Mbu is working hard to clear them off the road especially this politicians and there thugs that thinks they can always have there way.

  • richkid

    Get a man, bribe a man, and he will claim to be representing an organisation, which he is not even the president! The people of lagos are enjoying the fresh air Mbu brought to them. Afenifere is happy with Mbu oOo

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  • Aminu Baba

    Mbu has become what we refer to in Hausa as; “Gyambo”, meaning, a sore. Nobody wants him any more. This is a clear evidence that he is working for other than the public interest. The job he claims to love so much…hypocrite