Rivers State Police Commissioner Says Amaechi Never Liked Him

Channels Television  
Updated January 13, 2014

The Commissioner of Police in River State, Joseph Mbu, has dismissed allegations of high-handedness by the state government, saying that Governor Rotimi Amaechi never liked him.

Mr Mbu’s reaction is coming a day after the police dispersed a crowd gathering for a rally in the state with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The governor of the State, Rotimi Amaechi, also accused Mr Mbu of acting out a script from Abuja.

But Mr Mbu said that the governor’s claim was wrong, explaining that the governor had resentments about him right from the day he was posted to the state.

“Right from the day I was posted to Rivers State, Governor Rotimi Amaechi has never liked me. The first thing he had in mind was to say I was sent here to come and fight him. He wants to pocket every commissioner of police and he cannot pocket me. I have to do my job the way I should do it,” Mr Mbu stressed.

He alleged that the governor had told him that when instructions were given from Abuja, the state government had the right to adjust the instructions to suit Rivers State.

“I told him it was not possible and that I will not take directives from Abuja and then change the policies of the police. The IG has his men on the ground and he has informants and they will know what is happening,” he said.

The police commissioner stated that the first thing he did when he came to Rivers State was to stop the abuse of policemen.

“Each of the civil commissioners in this state was having four anti-terrorist policemen attached to him and that was wrong,” Mr Mbu stated.

He accused the media of being biased in the way they report issues involving the police in Rivers State.