The APC accuses Mbu of being a member of PDP
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said it joined Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, in pleading with President Goodluck Jonathan to send controversial Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, to Borno or Yobe State to help end the Boko Haram insurgency.
“We totally agree with Prof. Soyinka’s recommendation that CP Joseph Mbu should be sent to where his skills are needed most since his use of “minimum force” could send a serving Senator to a London hospital,” the party said in a statement by its interim chairman in Rivers, Davies Ikanya, on Friday.
The party also decried the “graveyard silence” by the presidency over Sunday’s incident in which police officers, allegedly acting on Mr. Mbu’s orders, disrupted a peaceful rally by the Save Rivers Movement and shot and injured a senator, Magnus Abe.
Mr. Abe is now recuperating in a London hospital.
The APC said the presidency’s silence was criminal and should be condemned. It welcomed the decision of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to investigate the incident. It, however, warned that the investigation must not be a charade intended to pull wool over the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.
“All relevant individuals, including Senator Abe and Sir Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff to Governor Chibuike Amaechi – both of whom were shot during the disrupted rally – should be interviewed by the IGP’s investigating team,” the party said.
It also said that the inquiry should touch on the “unholy marriage” between the police in Rivers State since the arrival of Mr. Mbu and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to ascertain if Mr. Mbu was a member of the PDP or not.
“Anything short of this is unacceptable,” APC said.
The party urged the Inspector General of Police’s panel to disregard any document from one Jerry Needam whom it accuses of peddling rumours and falsehood.
It also appealed to Mr. Abubakar not to allow Mr. Mbu and his collaborators rubbish the IGP’s hard-earned reputation as an exemplary police officer.