Retired AIG Mbu Pulled Out Of Police Force

Joseph_MbuRetired Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos, Mr Joseph Mbu has been pulled out of the Nigerian Police Force after 31 years in service.

The police boss in his speech at the ceremony urged senior officers to take the welfare of their subordinates seriously with an advice to officers and file and ranks to eschew eye service and be committed to their duties.

“I am privileged as a police officer to head various formations and commands, including the political capital, Abuja, and the economic capital, Lagos.

“ Other formations and commands I headed as commissioner of police include the Directorate of Police Education, Mobile Force, Oyo, Rivers and the FCT.

“ I was also the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 7, Abuja, Zone 2, Lagos and also the Elite College, the highest Police institution in Nigeria,’’ he said.

After taking the mandatory salute, the police officer in company of his wife inspected the parade in a motorcade, as he bade farewell to the officers in what was seen as his last official assignment as a police officer.

Thereafter, senior police officers gathered to pull out the retired assistant inspector general in an emotional laden ceremony after meritorious years of service in various formations and commands in the Nigeria Police Force as he retires into farming.

The Pull Out Ceremony was conducted at the parade ground of Nigeria Police Staff College In Jos, North Central Nigeria.

AIG Mbu Decries State Of Police Colleges

Police CollegesThe Commandant of the Police Staff College, Jos, AIG Joseph Mbu, has made a call for urgent attention to be given to the various Police colleges that need renovation across the country.

He made the call during a graduation ceremony held at the Police Staff College.

He urged the Presidency to set up a special committee that will look into the present situation and condition of Police colleges as well as the Staff College before embarking on the next recruitment exercise.

Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu observed that the colleges are in bad conditions and should be renovated before the recruitment, while contractors that refuse to work on some projects at the Staff College should be prosecuted.

A total of 97 officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Police drawn from various Police commands across the country had graduated from the Police Staff College, Jos in North Central Nigeria after a six weeks intensive training in Advanced Detective Course.

AIG Mbu, in his address to the participants, also stressed the importance of discipline as the bedrock of professionalism in the Police.

The Advanced Detective Course is to develop the manpower resources and improve the professional capability of officers.

It also updates participants with modern and contemporary trends in intelligence led policing, crime prevention, detection techniques and prosecution of cases among others.

Joseph Mbu Resumes As Commandant Of Police Staff College

Joseph MbuFormer Police Commissioner in Rivers State, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu, has resumed as the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos in north central Nigeria.

Having served in various police commands including Oyo and Rivers states as well as the Federal Capital Territory as Police Commissioner, AIG Joseph Mbu was officially received at the Police Staff College in Jos, Plateau State as the new Commandant.

His first call to duty was the inspection of the guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Staff College Police and thereafter preceded to his new office.

In a brief discussion with journalists, the Police boss explained the category of officers that received training at the college and the reason for his deployment to head the college.

The Police boss gave the assurance that the college would witness a face lift in academic and infrastructural development that would produce disciplined and professional police officers.

The Commandant also took time to address some issues surrounding his whereabouts for a while as he cleared the air on his retirement and redeployment.

The staff college trains officers from Assistant Superintendent to Assistant Commissioners of Police in Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Advance Detective Course as well as Junior Command Course.

Reps Divided Over Motion To Check Mbu

Joseph_MbuLawmakers in the House of Representatives were divided along party lines on Tuesday, after a member of the House raised a motion, requesting that the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in Lagos, Mr Joseph Mbu, be relieved of any role in the conduct of the 2015 general elections

Aliyu Madaki’s motion entitled, ‘Violation of the constitution and Disrespect for the Rule of Law by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Mbu Joseph Mbu’, was hinged on the utterances and actions of Mbu, which he said contravened the constitution and provisions of the Electoral Act.

Mbu was earlier reported to have said that “if any violent group attacks a law-abiding citizen in a bid to cause injury or cause harm, the police should repel and save that law-abiding citizen because we have the powers to do so. “If hoodlums or touts decide to be lawless, carrying knives and illegal firearms and shooting at my policemen; if they shoot at my policemen and they are a hundred or 200, my policemen will not be looking at them. They will reply in self-defence”.

Seeking the police high command’s disciplinary actions against Mbu for giving “such an unconstitutional order”, Mr Madaki said: “The house notes with regret the statement by Joseph Mbu, AIG, which was widely reported in national dailies and which amounted to a violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

“Aware that the constitution guarantees immunity to state‎ governors and their deputies and therefore, no authority or person, including courts of law, has the right not to accord governors such privileges.

“Mbu allegedly directed all officers and men in his command to disregard any immunity being enjoyed by any governor, which action amounted to a violation of the constitution.

“The house is concerned about the statement allegedly made by Mbu that if one police officer is killed during the 2015 elections, between 20 to 100 citizens would be killed in return.”

Mr Madaki’s motion did not go down well with some members of the House who countered the motion.

Mr Linus Okorie challenged the motion on the grounds that‎ Mbu was unavailable to defend himself.

He had not finished his statement when another member of the House heckled him in disagreement with his opinion.

Exchange of words ensued, forcing the House members into a shouting bout.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha‎, who presided over the sitting, tried to calm the situation by moving for a voice vote on the matter. But the voice votes were not clearly defined.

He subsequently dispatched the motion to the House committee on police affairs for investigation.

Mbu Warns Officers Against Malpractices During Elections

Joseph_MbuThe Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2, Mr Joseph Mbuh, has warned men and officers of the Ogun State Police Command against any form of malpractices during the forth coming general elections, asking them to maintain a high standard of professionalism and integrity

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the state capital during a familiarization tour of the State Police Command rounded off with an address on the forth coming general elections

While asking them to be civil in all of their dealings, the AIG also read the riot act to officers, asking them to do everything humanly possible to ensure a free, credible and violence free elections

Mr Mbu also urged the officers to be more dedicated to duty and maintain a high sense of discipline, especially in the face of image problems confronting the police in recent times.

The AIG, however, challenged politicians in the state to  play by the rules of the game in the interest of peace and unity.

Court Bars Police From Stopping #BringBackOurGirls Protest

#BringBackOurGirlsAn Abuja High Court has ruled that the Police lack the powers to prevent protests against government’s handling of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

Delivering judgement in the suit filed by members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group, Justice Ebenezer Aladetoyinbo declared that the Public Order Act, cap. 382, Laws of Nigeria, 1990, which the Police relied on, does not authorise the Police to disrupt rallies or processions on the abducted Chibok girls.

It all began as an attempt to put pressure on the Federal Government to rescue the 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014. Some Nigerians began a daily sit out at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

However, the sit out by members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign soon attracted attention which led to a former Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, banning the protests on June 2, 2014.

The #BringBackOurGirls activists responded to the ban with a court action which led to the judgement.

While the lawyer to the activists applauded the verdict of the court, the lawyer to the Police said that the judgement would be studied.

Peaceful street demonstrations in Abuja have become a regular feature of the campaign to put pressure on the government and keep the issue in the public domain.

Amaechi Takes A Swipe At CP Mbu As New CP Resumes In Rivers

AmaechiGovernor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State did not mince words when the new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Dan Bature, visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt.

Officers of the Rivers State Police Command led by the outgoing Commissioner of Police, AIG Tunde Ogunsakin and members of the Executive Council came together at the State Government House, in an official meeting between the new Rivers Police Commissioner and the Governor.

Governor Amaechi expressed his political concerns leaving no one in doubt that his government would resist any partisan activity by the Police.

Amaechi referred to a former Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mbu, as a card carrying member of the PDP who was out to ground the economy of Rivers State.

He advised the new CP to be on the side of the people.

Ministry Of Women Affairs Conducts National Prayers For Chibok Girls

Chibok-girlsThe Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zainab Maina, has appealed to Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the release of abducted school girls from Chibok, in Borno State.

Speaking at a special prayer organised for the release of the girls, Miss Maina also appealed for the support of Nigerians in the fight against terrorism.

“Securing the nation is the duty of all,” she said.

The programme, was neither a church service, nor a Jummat prayer but an interfaith service organised to pray for the safe return of girls abducted 51 days ago.

Clergy men and school children, who were also in attendance, also prayed for the release of the girls from their captors.

With the call by eminent people around the world for the safe return of the abducted girls, it is expected that security agencies will step up the search for the girls who were abducted from their school more than 51 days ago.

Meanwhile, a pressure group based in Abuja on Wednesday cancelled its regular sit-outs following a reported ban on protests in the Federal Capital Territory, ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu.

The group has gone ahead to sue the Commissioner, a case which will be heard on Thursday.



FCT Police Bans ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign In Abuja

Joseph MbuThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has announced the ban on all forms of gathering in any part of the nation’s capital by the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners.

In a statement made available to Channels Television by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Altine Daniel, the Police said that the campaigners were now posing a serious security threat to those living around the Federal Capital Territory.

The statement, at a news conference in Abuja, quoted the FCT Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu to have said “protests on the Chibok girls are hereby banned with immediate effect.”

It added that CP Mbu says he cannot fold his hands and allow groups under the guise of protest to detonate explosives aimed at embarrassing the Government.

“As the FCT Police boss, I cannot fold my hands and watch this lawlessness. Information reaching us is that soon, dangerous elements will join groups under the guise of protest and detonate explosives aimed at embarrassing the government.

“People have been protesting over a month now…it is the issue of terrorism, it is not solved in one day.

“Then, when you continue to do it persistently, it becomes nuisance to the government”, he said.

The FCT Police Commissioner also announced that all tinted glass permits not signed by the Inspector General of Police have been revoked.

“There was a period when permits were granted, but the recent security challenges have made the Police authority to revisit the issue and have resolved to revoke same”, he said.

The Commissioner has also redeployed all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the FCT and directed them to hand over to the next senior police officers in their respective divisions.

Restore Policing In Rivers, Amaechi Tells New Rivers Police Chief

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged the new Police Commissioner deployed to the state, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin to work towards restoring effective policing in the state.

He also said that his administration was willing to cooperate with the Police in the state to restore law and order as long as the Police was ready to be non-partisan and neutral.

Amaechi disclosed this on Thursday when Mr. Ogunsakin and other top Police officers in the state paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

According to him, “We are willing to co-operate with the Police to restore law and order. The only thing we need is for the Police to have the courage to restore law and order. The Police must do whatever it takes to restore law and order, the Rivers State Government will assist the Nigerian Police in any form that they require.

“Don’t support PDP, and don’t also support APC, just, support Rivers people. Any order that is illegal from the Rivers State Government, please, don’t obey…What we want is a neutral Police Commissioner that is firm and understands that the state needs to accommodate everybody, and not one that loves to be in any of the political parties. I must congratulate you, the plans you have are also well thought out, and needs the support of the Rivers State Government.”

Governor Amaechi also recalled the cordial relationship his administration enjoyed with the Military and the Police when he took over in 2007.

“From February last year (2013) we saw ourselves gradually going back to that era. Go to our communities, these boys are back and carrying weapons and have also installed themselves as chiefs and dishing out instructions”, Amaechi said.

Governor Amaechi further narrated how his administration supported the Police in providing Armoured Personnel Carriers, (APC), bullet proof vests, scholarship programmes, primary health centres and others, as a way of motivating the Police work force in combating crime in the state.

“If they give you the history of our support to the Police in Rivers State, you will be shocked. Please just take your time, call for all the files in the past one year and go through them. You will find out that while my colleagues were battling with other things, we were making efforts to buy Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).

“It was the same APC that they were trying to use against us…We also bought bullet proof vests for the Police. We also introduced scholarship programmes, that any policeman that was shot in the cause of the crisis, we will not only train his children, we will employ the wife or give out money to the wife to start business.

“We built a Health Centre for the Police and bought vehicles for the Police. We thank you for accepting the challenge, because, what you are going to face now is a challenge. It will not be the normal police commissioner job, you are here to restore policing. Also, know that there will be a lot of intrigues, but, I won’t be part of the intrigues. If you know me and those who know me, you will understand that. I say my mind, and I will try as much as I can to be honest”, Amaechi noted.

New CP Reaffirms Commitment

Earlier, the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin said, it is proper and of necessity that the Governor of a state and the Commissioner of Police should synergize to pursue and enhance the security of lives and properties in the state. “This is the crux of my visit to your office today.”

According to him, “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the Chief Security Officer of the Federation, while the Inspector General of Police is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the Federation. Also, in a state, the Executive Governor is the Chief Security Officer, and the Commissioner of Police is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State. This relationship is definitely best appreciated when it is harnessed to ensure peace and tranquillity in the state”, Ogunsakin said.

The state Police boss also highlighted the role of the Nigerian Police as spelt out in Section 4 of the Police Act (CAP359) Law of the Federation of Nigeria 1990, to include, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, preservation of law and order, the protection of lives and property, as well as the due enforcement of laws and regulations which the Police is directly charged.

Mr. Ogunsakin further indicated his intention to partner with the communities in the state and other established institutions, including relevant stakeholders and other sister security agencies.

Continuing he said, “I intend to in due course commence wide consultations and meetings with the various interest groups with a view to brainstorming and looking into the grey areas. I am convinced that, this will go a long way in assisting us in arriving at a common ground towards a harmonious and peaceful co-existence. Therefore, Political activities must be effectively managed in order not to endanger the peace in the state.  We shall on our part be objective, liberal, firm and non-partisan, as I will deploy my expertise to manage the affairs of the Rivers State Police Command in the best possible professional manner.

“I will strategically marshal a formidable operational plan that will speedily arrest the trend of all forms of criminalities, particularly violent crimes in the state. Consequently, I want to use this medium to sound a note of warning to all criminals in the state to either have a change of mind and become law-abiding citizens or relocate from Rivers State immediately. I encourage all law abiding citizens of Rivers State to go about their lawful business.”

Joseph Mbu Removed As Rivers Commissioner of Police

The Police Service Commission has approved the recommendations of the Inspector-General of Police for the redeployment of Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu.

The Police Service Commission has transferred the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mbu, to Abuja as the new Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police.

Also, the Commissioner in charge of the Special Fraud Unit, Johnson Ogunshakin, has been redeployed to Rivers State to replace Mbu as the new Commissioner of Police.

The redeployment affects thirteen (13) Commissioners of Police who have been moved to various Commands nationwide, as contained in a press release.

CP Mbu has been at the centre of the crisis rocking the political scene in Rivers State and has been at loggerheads with the state government, which had accused the police boss of being partisan with regards to State politics.

The All Progressives Congress, APC and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, have consistently called for the removal of Mr Joseph Mbu, accusing him of being used to frustrate the Governor and the emergence of the APC in the Niger-Delta state.

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Mohammed, has however denied knowledge of the redeployment, he said: “The Command for now is not in receipt of any official communication about the redeployment of CP Mbu.”

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro, in the press release issued by Mr.Ferdinand Ekpe, admonished the newly redeployed officers to put in their best in their various Commands’ operations, so as to provide a secure environment for business and life to thrive.

Below is the list of the 13 Commissioners of Police approved for redeployment:

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Rivers Crisis Is Result Of Wike’s Governorship Ambition – Politician

The National Chairman of Transformation Party, Emmanuel Mok, has added a new theory to the plethora of explanations given for the on-going political crisis in Rivers State – the governorship ambition of Nyesom Wike, the Supervising Minister of Education.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Mr Mok said “the reason why there is a problem is that Wike wants to go for governorship and Amaechi does not want. That’s the reason why there’s a problem.”

“The president should not get involved. It’s politics.”

Mr Mok also faulted the actions of Nigerian politicians who he described as ‘self centred.’

“The elections are coming. It’s good for the police to make the politicians aware of the fact that their actions or inactions affect the general populace.”

“A lot of politicians have become self centred or very narrow minded and are pursuing agendas that are not very nationalistic… Politicians are not doing what they are supposed to do.”

Commenting on the Block Budget Directive by the All Progressives Congress, Mok said it is evidence of “a very heated up polity” and added that the opposition has given an ‘opaque’ condition for rescinding on its resolution to block executive bills in the National Assembly.

He highlighted different angles to the issues in Rivers State including pending court cases involving local government chairmen who should be reinstated, “that in itself is a cause for continued heating up of the polity in Rivers state.”

He also mentioned the factionalisation of members of the State House of Assembly and the issue of the budget which was not passed in the hallowed chambers.

“So when you say that executive bills will not be passed until the issues in Rivers state are resolved, I want to say, what would be the mark point where you can decide that these issues have been resolved. How do you determine that those issues have been resolved?”

“You find that you’ve given a very opaque condition for somebody to meet. The person doesn’t know when he meets that condition.”

Mok expressed doubts over allegations that CP Joseph Mbu was one of the main problems in the state as  he is held in high esteem in Oyo state where we was once the Police Commissioner.

Mok also linked the call by some state governor s for state police to Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s alleged desire to have the CP under his control.

He also discredited claims that Mbu’s alleged impunity was backed by the Presidency, stating that the Commissioner answers to superiors including the DIG, AIG and IG.

“Mbu must be protected by the statuettes… The fact that Mbu has remained in Rivers State till now can only be because Mbu has not really broken the rules. If he has, I do not see how the IG would allow him to remain in Rivers State up till now.”

He further explained that there are two strong factions in the state including the Amaechi camp and Nyesom Wike camp. He added that both parties have strong ambitions in Rivers State politics, which will not be deterred by the Presidency or the Police IG.

In his opinion, Mbu was placed in Rivers State because of his strong character which will not permit him to be pocketed.