Gov Amaechi to appear before NHRC Oct 18

Embattled Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is expected to appear before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on October 18 in an investigating meeting to shed light on his petition over allegations of declining human rights situation in the state.

Director of communication of the agency, Muhammad Nasir Ladan, spoke yesterday that the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu, would also be invited to give vivid account of his side of the story following recent allegations made by the governor.

Ladan confirmed receipt of a petition dated October 1 from Amaechi on Sunday over allegations of worsening human rights situation in Rivers State, stressing that investigation into the matter has commenced.
Amaechi accused Mbu in the petition of exercising his duties without recourse to necessary constitutional and legal standards.

“Rivers State Commissioner of Police is presently led by Mbu whose pattern of actions and public utterances are manifestly contrary to basic standards of behaviour for a person occupying very sensitive office. The constitutional framework for controlling the security structures of a state, the unique security challenges, formations networks and infrastructure of Rivers State and the mission statement of the Nigerian Police – the creation of a safer and more secure environment conducive to meaningful socio-economic development through crime prevention and control.

 Mbu’s mode of exercising his duties without recourse to necessary constitutional and legal standards is creating environment rife with fear, distrust of security of security operatives and public institutions, strife, impunity, criminal behaviours and brigandage, factors, which were all implicit in the build-up and escalation of the pre-amnesty Niger Delta crisis.”

Amaechi, therefore, urged NHRC to “leverage its independence and capabilities to urgently investigate and ascertain if the current Mbu is still fit and proper to superintend the police formation of a sensitive state in the country with complex human rights dynamics leading down to general electioneering period due to his penchant for compromising democratic practices, structures, institutions and authorities necessary to secure law and order, good government and guaranty of the basic human rights.

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