Amaechi petitions Jonathan, Mark, Tambuwal, PSC …gives reasons why CP must leave Rivers


Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has sent a petition to President Goodluck Jonathan, asking for the transfer of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu.
Amaechi, in the petition, which was also addressed to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro, gave various reasons why the commissioner of police must be transferred out of the state immediately.
Copies of the petition were sent to President Jonathan, Senate President, David Mark and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
Amaechi said in the petition, a copy of which was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, that the police officer had compromised his position and professional ethics in the discharge of his duties in the state.
In the petition, which was dated July 9, 2013, Amaechi recalled all the alleged atrocities committed by Mbu since he was posted to the state in February.
He said one of such was the attempt by five lawmakers out of 32 to impeach the speaker of the State House of Assembly on Tuesday.
The governor said that he had previously worked with four commissioners of police before the arrival of Mbu in the state, adding that the present CP had chosen to work against the people of the state.
Mbu, he said, had chosen not to respect legally constituted authorities as demanded of his job as a police officer and should therefore be sent out of the state.
The petition said, “The actions and comments of Mr. Mbu have shown that he is unwilling to support me to protect lives and properties of everyone in Rivers State.
“He has compromised our regular Security Council meetings leading to reluctance on the part of other members to speak up during the meetings and therefore rendering the meetings ineffective.
“Besides his disparaging comments and discussions of security matters with scant regard for decorum, he has destabilised the security apparatus in the state, thereby supporting the return of some of the key actors in the cult wars that engulfed the state from 2004 up till 2007.
“Sir, it has become evident that Mr. Mbu is not desirous of assisting us in our quest for a crime-free and peaceful Rives State. It is also evident that he lacks the appropriate mien and disposition required of such a highly placed officer of the law and is unable to appropriately perform his functions as commissioner of police in Rivers State.
“I would therefore wish to respectfully request for his re-deployment
from Rivers State in the interest of the people of the state and to restore the confidence of the people of Rivers State in the impartiality of the Nigeria Police.
“Regrettably, since after Mbu’s assumption as Commissioner of Police in February 2013, the security situation in Rivers State began to deteriorate due largely to his approach to the discharge of his responsibility as commissioner of police.
“Shortly upon resumption of duties, Mr. Mbu began to withdraw police security attached to principal officers of the state for reasons that were different from those given by the Assistant Inspector General of Police of Zone 6 during a visit to me.”


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