I Didn’t Come To Rivers With A Script, Says Former CP, Mbu

The out-gone Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu has reiterated that he did not come to the state to act out a script from anybody as insinuated by some politicians especially from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mbu said that those who called for his redeployment from the state would soon regret their actions and will beg for his return because the new CP, Tunde Ogunsakin is a no nonsense officer who does not tolerate any excesses from anybody.

Speaking during a joint courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, in his Port Harcourt home on Saturday, Mbu, who was accompanied by his successor, Ogunsakin made it clear that prior to his coming to the state, he never knew or met Wike or any other chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Mbu said that he was leaving the state with his head high because “in the past one year, Rivers State under my command did not record any political killing”, adding that he carried out his job in the state with diligence and in consonance with the professional ethics.

“I did not come here with a script as alleged by few propagandists. I have discharged my duties with diligence and for the past one year, there has never been any political assassination in Rivers state.

“Our sworn allegiance to the Nigeria Police Force must be upheld at all times”, Mbu said.

He enjoined the new CP to be vigilant on any SUV car with tinted glasses, alleging that occupants of such cars may be assassination agents, assuring him that he would enjoy at least 90% support from the people of the state.

Ban On Political Rallies Remains

On his part, the new CP, Ogunsakin reiterated that the ban placed on every political rally must continue until 90 days to the election, adding that any social gathering in the state must get Police clearance five days before the event.

Ogunsakin promised to ensure that peace returns to the state so that electioneering could be done without any crisis.

We May Seek Legal Action On Ban, Says Wike

In his response, the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, promised the new Commissioner the cooperation and support of the PDP and that of its members across the state.

Wike explained that PDP would look at the laws to decide whether the ban by the Police was in line with the law, saying that as a law-abiding political party, PDP would not do anything that would impinge negatively on the state.

“We will give you all the support you will require to make your job successful. There was a time when Police was used to intimidate and arrest people in this state until we had to go to court to seek redress before we could hold political meetings.

“Those of us in the GDI (Grassroots Development Initiative) and PDP can testify that Mbu had refused to give us permit to hold our rallies but because we do not have money as they do to go to the press, members of the public did not know about this.

“I have never met Mbu in my life. The propaganda by the other people (APC) that he was acting the script written to him by me was most unfortunate. You cannot influence Mbu in any way. That is why Rivers people protested the plan to redeploy him from the state.

“Let me appeal to you, the new CP to please ensure that lives and property in the state are well protected. Those of us who live in Abuja will not want to be afraid of coming home because of one crisis or the other.”

In his words, “That is why we promised to give the Police our maximum support”, Wike assured.

Also at the meeting were, National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, State Chairman of PDP, Felix Obuah, Dr Abiye Sekibo, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Emeka Woke among many others.

Senate Visits Rivers CP Over Crisis

Senate Committee on Police Affairs is on a fact finding mission to Rivers State over the alleged disruption of Save Rivers Movement Rally in Port Harcourt that got a serving senator of the State and several others wounded last Sunday.

The committee chairman, Paulinus Uwagwu, who spoke to journalists in Government House, Port Harcourt said the committee will submit its findings to the Senate when they resume plenary.

“We are now equipped to brief the senate on the crisis here in Port Harcourt,” Senator Uwagwu said.

The committee had visited the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu who told them that, he was acting on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police in a question and answer session.

Mr Mbu said that the Save Rivers Movement did not obtain a police permit for the rally, insisting that  the police did not use rubber bullets as stated in some media media reports.

“The police is a civil force and I lay emphasis on smoke,” he said.

The committee members also visited the venue of the proposed Save Rivers Rally and later visited Government House Port Harcourt.



Rivers Chief Of Staff Raises Alarm Over Sudden Withdrawal Of Policemen

Just when it was thought that sanity was beginning to return to Rivers state, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers state governor, Tony Okocha has raised an alarm on the sudden withdrawal of two of the policemen assigned to secure his official residence and others attached to the Secretary to the Rivers state government, Mr George Feyii without any notice.

Mr. Okocha expressed shock over the sudden move, which he alleged the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu was responsible for, while speaking to Channels Television at his office in the government house, Port Harcourt.

He alleged that while he was away for an official meeting, armed policemen totalling about 15 stormed his official residence and ordered out the two policemen, and same was done to another principal officer of the Amaechi administration, Mr, George Feyii, the Secretary to the state government.

He however stated that the sudden withdrawal of the police escorts for two principal officers without prior notice is a huge disappointment and above all a fresh onslaught on the Amaechi led administration by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, as it portends serious danger to his family and the day-to-day activities of his office as Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt.