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Friday, 7 February 2014

Controversial Rivers C.P Mr Mbu Joseph Removed From Rivers State

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday transferred the controversial Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, to the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the force. Abubakar, has however described Mbu’s redeployment as a normal routine in the force and was not based on any partisan consideration. Twelve other commissioners of police were also redeployed in various commands based on the recommendations of the IG. Mbu has now been replaced by the former Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit SFU, Johnson Ogunsakin. The APC had accused President Goodluck Jonathan of conniving with Mbu to undermine the authority of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi. It alleged that the only reason the impunity in the state could have continued unabated was because it was a dress rehearsal for what to expect in 2015. The party had stated: “Mbu, who is going down in Nigeria’s history as a classic example of an officer of the law turned the biggest violator of the law, has not only defied the resolutions of the National Assembly, he has also thumbed his nose at the ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. “He is the alternate Inspector- General of Police, who takes orders only from a conniving Presidency.” In a statement yesterday, the Police Service Commission, PSC, advised the newly-redeployed officers to put in their best in their various commands’ operations to provide a secure environment for business and life to thrive.
Signed by its spokesman, Ferdinand Ekpe, the
statement said that Commissioner of Police,
Ambrose Aisabo, had now been deployed in
Kwara State as the police helmsman. Also,
Commissioner of Police Felix Uyanya, formerly of the Police College is now in charge of the Ekiti State Command while Abdulmajid Ali of Explosive Ordinance Department has been taken to Imo State. The statement also added that Benjamin Onwuka, formerly Deputy Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, is now in charge of Kebbi State Command. Other commissioners of police redeployed are Ibrahim Maishanu from the Force Headquarters to Osun State; Adamu Ibrahim to Abia State Command and Adenrele Shinaba from the Force Headquarters to Kano State Command. CP Umaru Shehu has now been
taken from Nasarawa State to the Kaduna State
Command, while A.J Abakasanga, formerly CP
Info-Tech is now in charge of Adamawa State. CP Kalafite Adeyemi is now in charge of Taraba
State while Ibrahim Idris is now in charge of
Nasarawa State. Based on the situation in River State, the APC had directed its lawmakers in the National Assembly to block the passage of this year’s budget and other executive bills until the issues were resolved. It will be recalled that only this week, Mbu had placed a ban on political rallies in the state. Apart from the APC, the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had also sought the immediate reprimand and redeployment of Mbu. Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, stated yesterday that the IG actually ordered the redeployment of 23 commissioners of police and 13 deputy commissioners to various commands and formations across the country. According to him, the posting is part of strategic efforts to reposition the force for improved efficiency and better service delivery. “The IGP enjoins the affected police chiefs to step up the fight against criminality and ensure sustained improvement of public safety in all facets of our national life,” he said. Mba quoted the IGP as appealing to Nigerians to support the new police commissioners and their lieutenants to enable them to succeed in the discharge of their constitutional and statutory mandate. He gave the names of other commissioners of police affected by the redeployment to include Sotonye Wankama from Ekiti State Command to the Counter-Terrorism Unit; while Kayode Aderanti formerly Director of Peacekeeping is now in
charge of the Ports Authority Police, Western
Port Lagos. Sylvester Umeh, formerly in Kebbi
Command is now Commandant, Police Colleges
while Danladi Mshelbwala has been transferred
from the Force Headquarters to the Bomb
Disposal Squad. Geodffrey Okeke, from Adamawa Command is now the Deputy Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos, while CP Mohammed K. Mohammed is now the Deputy Force Secretary. Others are Agboola Oshodi- Glover from Kwara to Info-Tech; Chintua Amajor- Onu from Force Headquarters to Homicide Section, Force
Headquarters; Salisu Fage Abdullahi from “X”
Squad to Federal Investigation Bureau and DCP
Esosa Amadasun, from Zone 6 Headquarters,
Calabar to “X” Squad (HDP). Mixed reactions
trail redeployment Meanwhile, in Port Harcourt, the removal of Mbu has been generating mixed reactions with some describing the development as good omen, while others said the commissioner was just carrying out his duties as a professional officer. Chief of Staff, Government House, Tony Okocha, expressed relief at the development, even as he said that the new postings in the police force were done as a matter of routine. He said: “I may decide to go to church and thank God. We are relieved to hear that he has been transferred from Rivers State.” Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman
in the state, Felix Obuah, said Mbu’s redeployment was in line with the routine
posting of security personnel. “Mbu is a very
thorough professional police officer and he
deserves his master’s recommendation. He
demonstrated during his brief stay in Rivers
State that he is a disciplined professional police
officer. We wish him well in his new posting,” he said. The APC in state declined to react to the removal. According to its Publicity Secretary, Chief Andy Nweye, the party will not react to Mbu’s redeployment at the moment because the party hierarchy wants to study the situation before coming out with a position on the matter. The party, however, added that it did not consider the redeployment of Mbu as anything out of the ordinary, as he was only involved in a mass redeployment exercise that affected a lot of other senior police officers. “It (redeployment) is a normal routine police
exercise. So many police officers were
transferred. However, in his own case it is good for everybody,” he said. Mr. Honour Sirawoo, the Special Media Aide to Senator Magnus Abe, whose shooting incident many people believed was the proverbial last straw that resulted in the “unceremonious exit” of the CP, said it was a good omen for the people of the state.
Sirawoo, however, advised the people of the
state not to jubilate over the matter until Mbu’s successor showed his own colour. “It is a good omen for the people of the state, but I will advise our people not to get carried away with this news, until we get to see and know the person of the incoming police commissioner. “He will still receive his instructions from Abuja, so we cannot blame those who are skeptical of the change,” he said.

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