The Nigerian Police have redeployed the controversial Assistant Inspector General of Police, Joseph Mbu, along with 27 other AIGs ahead of the February 2015 polls.
Mbu was posted to Zone 2, Lagos. Mbu, who was in charge of Police Zone 7, which covers Abuja and the neighbouring states, was first the Rivers State Police Commissioner until February, 2014, when he was posted to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
In Abuja, he was promoted to the rank of AIG in August, 2014.
Mbu left Rivers State after months of acrimony with the governor, Chibuike Amaechi, who had accused him of doing the bidding of Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, and attempting to hijack the control of the state.
After his transfer, Mbu declared himself the “lion” that tamed Rivers State “tiger”, apparently referring to Amaechi.
While in Abuja, Mbu courted more controversy, first banning protests demanding the release over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram, and later arresting AIT journalist, Amaechi Anakwe.
Last week, Mbu described himself as a rebel with a good cause, and threatened to “bring down” any community that kills a police personnel.
Others affected by the movements which took immediate effect are Aderenle Shinaba, who goes to Zone 4 in Makurdi, Benue State; Johnson Ogunsakin of Training and Development; Zone 6, Calabar in Cross River State; and Patrick Dokumor of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos in Plateau, Zone 7, Abuja.
Ikemefuna Okoye of the Ogun State Command Command goes to Zone 11, Osogbo in Osun State; Kalafite Adeyemi (Commandant of the Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State), was deployed to the Maritime Force Headquarters; Jubrin Adeniji of the Maritime FHQ was moved to the 2i/C Force Criminal Investigation Department, FHQ; and Olufemi Adenaike of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Jos to the Training Unit of the FHQ.
Lawal Tanko of the Federal Operations was redeployed to the Police Mobile Force, FHQ, Abuja; Ballah Nasarawa of the Intelligence Unit to the Police Staff College, Jos; and Umaru Manko of Zone 2, Lagos to NIPSS Kuru.
Irimiya Yerima of NIPSS goes to the Communication Department in FHQ, Abuja; and Mark Idakwo of Zone 6, Calabar moves to Federal Operations, Abuja.
Those who were retained in their zones and formations are Tambari Muhammed, AIG Zone 1, Kano; Mohammed Abubakar, Zone 3, Yola; Musa Daura, Zone 5, Benin; Christopher Dega, Zone 8,Lokoja; Usman Gwarry, Zone 9, Umuahia; Bala Hassan, Zone 10,Sokoto; Mohammed Gana, Zone 12, Bauchi and Sule Mamman, AIG Force Secretary, Abuja.
Others are Adisa Bolanta, Police Academy; Edgar Nanakumo, Force Animal Branch; Sabo Ibrahim, Border patrol; Wilfred Obute, Armament FHQ; Ibrahim Maishanu, Force Info-tech; Yahaya Ardo, CTU, Abuja; and Buhari Tanko, Special Duty.
In the statement by Ojukwu, Abba charged the affected officers to bring their experience to bear on their new postings and be more service-oriented in the discharge of their duties.”
He also urged the public to help the police in ensuring improved safety and security of the country.
Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of CP Adenike Fehintola Abuwa to the rank of AIG with immediate effect.
A statement by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the redeployment of Mbu and the other AIGs is part of the reorganization of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said the redeployment to various departments, zonal commands and formations of the Force is effective immediately.
Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba charged the newly promoted officers to be more service-oriented in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
He also urged the public to partner closely with the force in its determination to ensure improved safety and security in Nigeria.