Ex-Police Commissioner Mbu nearly ruined Rivers’ economy- Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State governor

The governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi has described a former Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mbu, as a politician in police uniform, who almost caused a total collapse of the economy of the state.

Mr. Mbu, was the state Police Commissioner until February when he was transferred to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command.

While he served in Rivers State, the former commissioner who was among the 18 police officers promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in August, had a running battle with Mr. Amaechi.

Tunde Ogunshakin was sent to replace Mr. Mbu 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.

Receiving Messrs. Bature and Ogunshakin in his office on Thursday, Mr. Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, said Mr. Mbu abandoned his professional role of protecting lives and property to serve the members of the Peoples Democratic Party, 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,” he said.

“It is important you keep that peace and I wish to thank you for that peace. I am also sure Rivers people are happy about that. The way Mr. Mbu was going, Rivers economy would have been completely destroyed. Fortunately for us, they took him away and brought you (Ogunsakin) and you restored calm. You tried to create a platform for all parties to have access to reach you. As you go, please, go with that same spirit. The police in Rivers State should discharge their responsibility as it concerns the protection of lives and property,” he said.

The governor recounted that in 2007 while taking the oath of office, he had declared that if the Federal Government refused to provide legitimate source of livelihood for Nigerians in Rivers State, they would provide for themselves illegitimate source of livelihood.

He said the same thing would happen if the Federal Government failed to cater for Nigerians in the state.

“That includes kidnapping, robbery, stealing by people who will hire or provide police or military uniforms. And that illegitimate source of livelihood becomes its own economy, which automatically frightens the legitimate economy,” he added.

Mr. Amaechi asked Mr. Bature not to be involved in politics, but instead ensure there was social justice. According to him, the absence of social justice engender breakdown of law and order.

He said, “Now in the same manner, when it comes to security, as a former student leader, I understand that immediately the police become partisan in politics and do not provide security for everybody, other parties will be compelled to provide security for themselves.

“I know this as a politician since 1987 when I joined politics. And, one thing about security is that, it is cash-based. They will provide for themselves the means to which to protect themselves. The Nigeria Police is supposed to mingle and have the confidence of the Nigerian people.

“But, the moment it becomes the agent of the other party, then you are no longer the Nigerian Police. You automatically lose that title. You are coming into a situation where the right thing must be done according to social justice; the absence of it is what breeds crime and resistance.

“The only thing we ask you is social justice. If you ask any of the commissioners of police who served in Rivers State, I have never requested for favours because I don’t have the need for it. We believe in law and order. But, when you don’t keep law and order, what you are inviting and get is resistance. If you keep to social justice, believe me, you will be the friend of everybody. The Rivers State Government will continue to support you once that is kept.

“But if it is not kept, you can ask Mbu to confirm that when we found out that he was a card carrying member of PDP, we stopped funding the police and they were not too happy. But, we will fund the Nigerian Police if you continue to maintain your responsibility.”

Responding, Mr. Bature assured the governor that he would not only perform his professional duty, but also ensure the economic development of the state.


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  • sharp shape

    Amechi’s mental problems continues with increased intensity ! In saner climes the man would have long been institutionalised !

    • Ologbon

      Really? I can’t see anything said by Mr. Amaechi that is annoying or not true. Don’t forget we are in a democracy and Mr. Mbu is free to speak and he did speak when he was in Rivers State. All are public records which you can access. Partisanship isn’t good for security of lives and properties; cardinal of Nigerian Police duties.

      • redeem

        Amaechi is like the ebola virus in the SS————————-what he says or does –No longer matters to us anymore——go round elelewon———–eleme no————–and check the roads there———————u will cry for rivers state–even from the zooo–around slaughter———-the roads there are nothing to writer home about—that man should be hanged on a tree like a goat and roasted alive————————-he is a disgrace——Why is Amaechi–always coming up with one excuse or the other–is it not time for him to move on with his miserable life————-a curse to the Ikwerres—————————–i cry for late Senator Abi Wali

  • larry

    I think this house boy called Amechi needs to be quarantine for stupldity !

  • the truth

    when amaechi won his case against omehia in the supreme court, the whole rivers state was over joyous including myself, we all thronged to the streets, he promised us good governance and justice, infrastructural development was his primary area of focus. anything away from (donatus) peter odili was seen as progress. I must confess amaechi’s first 3 years was superb , the garrison road, elekahia dualization, the moving of the teaching hospital from town to choba was also appreciated, bridges at aba road, and the aura of seeing your governor on traffic driving a motor bike was pleasing. the dredging of trans amadi was also appreciated. but amaechi started losing focus, first of all the demolition of town waterside and diobu was really a misguided approach and anti poor, the billion of naira invested in the greater port harcourt city which has not even been completed were some of the misguided policies of amaechi, and amaechi’s steps made the ijaws suspect him of favoring the uplanders in terms of the demolition and land grab. amechi i must confess as a young boy growing up in trans amadi i did admire you, but don’t know how you turned up to be this man i now see. u lost it amaechi, lost focus, vision, now you are a governor with no clout. bring back 2007 amaechi

  • redeem

    Amaechi is worst than the ebola virus in the SS————————-what he says or does –No longer matters to us anymore——go round elelewon———–eleme ————–and check the roads there———————u will cry for rivers state–even from the zoo–around slaughter———-the roads there are nothing to writer home about—that man should be hanged on a tree like a goat and roasted alive————————-he is a disgrace——Why is Amaechi–always coming up with one excuse or the other——-over his failires –is it not time for him to move on with his miserable life————-a curse to the Ikwerres——if there is one———————-i cry for late Senator Abi Wali

  • SAM BABALOLA

    Ameachi had just spoken the truth as the pilot of the once troubled plane that was diverted to eject the trouble maker and the most partisan and biased police Mbu, before he took off again with a decent and professional marshal Ogunsakin, who had since made the flight by Pilot Ameachi smooth to date.
    The Truth made a good observation,the governor can spend the remaining months as ACTION governor of 2007 by redouble his effort , take time to make sure the contractors finish his initiated projects,which benefits the elite more than the poor.
    Make sure the poor also benefit from dividend of democracy now because they have more electoral value [MAJORITY] than the few elites where there is no rigging. All indigenes of RIVERS irrespective of their political divide should enjoy Government patronage.
    Ameachi wishing you the best.