A former Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, has fired back at the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, over the latter’s claim that the ex-police commissioner almost ruined the state’s economy during his tenure.
However, Mbu replied that as a lion, he was able to tame the governor, who he referred to as a leopard.
Mbu who spoke while handing over to his FCT successor, Wilson Inalegwu, said “I advise you (CP) to carry the senior officers along in your administration. It is only a lion that can tame a leopard. I tamed the leopard in Port Harcourt. Each time he remembers my face, he would remember how I tamed him,” Mbu said.
Mbu, recently promoted to an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, is best known for his face-off with the Rivers State governor during his tenure as the police commissioner before he was redeployed to the Federal Capital Territory on February 6.
He also told Inalegwu to be firm in his dealings with personnel in his command while carrying out his duties. “I have sworn allegiance to Nigeria and to this Police uniform, that anyone who stops me from doing my job, I will crush him.
“The Police at the command needs strong leadership. The moment you start asking your men to bring building materials you have soiled yourself and they will no longer respect you,” he said.
Recalled that Governor Amaechi had on Thursday last week alleged that the ex-police commissioner almost ruined his state’s economy.
While receiving the outgoing Rivers State CP, Tunde Ogunsakin and and his successor, Dan Bature, on Thursday in his office, the governor said Mbu abandoned his professional role of protecting lives and property to serve the members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ogunshakin was sent to replace Mbu in Rivers State, after the governor repeatedly demanded Mbu’s transfer, but Ogunshakin was, however, redeployed recently while a new commissioner, Dan Bature, was posted to the state.
Gov. Amaechi praised Ogunshakin saying that he did not quiver in his line of duty as a police commissioner even when they had a misunderstanding.
The governor said Mbu showed everyone in the state that he is a registered member of the ruling party, the PDP. “Unlike Joseph Mbu, who clearly showed us that he was a registered member of PDP, in your (Mr. Ogunsakin) own case, you know that we had disagreement, but you realized your responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property as the paramount responsibility of the Nigerian Police,” Amaechi said.