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|Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by gymer(m): 7:42am On Jan 21|
WHY AMAECHI IS FIGHTING ME, BY MBU
Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph
Mbu, in this interview speaks on the genesis of his
problem with Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
• The governor doesn’t like me because I refuse to
fight his perceived political enemies.
• Police did not shoot Senator Abbe
WHAT led to your face-off with the Governor?---------------
All the propaganda by the governor is aimed at
pushing me away from Rivers State by force so that a
puppet that the governor can kick and shout at could
be posted. Before I tell you the story, it is good for you
to know my kind of person and my philosophy of life.
My name is Mbu Joseph Mbu. I am a graduate of
Political Science from University of Lagos. I joined the
Police in order to serve this nation. I was given
employment with the Nigeria Customs Service, but I
preferred to join the Police. I have held various
appointments in the Police.
I was the Director of Police Education and under my
watch, we witnessed great transformation in our
schools. I have been a controversial person right from
time because I am very strict. If you want to know how
strict I am, you can see it from the naming of my
The name of my first son is Kwame Nkrumah and my
second son is Patrick Lumumba. My third son is Fanon,
I have a daughter named Indira, and I named her after
Indira Gandhi. I want you to know who I am. I am not
easily pushed over.
Our Education was almost dead. I was posted there to
change it. For three years, we brought it back. I fought
contractors who took money and failed to renovate our
schools. I was the Task Force team chairman, who
monitored all police projects as a Deputy
Commissioner of Police. If I was not trusted, that
appointment would not have been given to me.
No contractor can say: “I gave Mbu N10, 000.” I went
to the United States of America for a conference and I
got to know about Books For Africa programme, I
brought books worth N350 million and Laptops free of
charge and distributed it among our schools.
The present Inspector General of Police, Mohammed
Abubakar, was looking for someone who could
transform the Nigeria Police Mobile Force; I did my
best there. I brought back order and discipline. Officers
and Squadron Commanders who did not go on course
for three years, I compelled them to go on course. I
was given a commendation by my IGP. I don’t lobby for
anything in the Police. But some how, the IGP
transferred me to Oyo State. To be sincere, it was not
easy between the governor and me for the first three
weeks. But he later came to understand me. The
headquarters of Oyo State Police Command was not in
order. You would not even know you were passing
through a Police Command.
I said: ‘why won’t armed robbers be invading Ibadan
everyday. I renovated the whole place and I got a
Commendation Letter from the IGP.
The Commissioner of Police’s house was like a forest. I
pulled everything down and with the support of the
great gentleman, the Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Abiola
Ajimobi, and the CP’s house has become a modern
edifice. The present Chief Medical Director of UCH,
Professor Alonge, did the landscaping of that house.
My relationship with Oyo State Governor-----------------------
I enjoyed my relationship with Governor Ajimobi. He is
All Progressives Congress (APC) member, but we
worked closely to fight crime in Oyo State. At 2.00am,
Ajimobi would call and seek my advice and I would tell
him what to do.
Up till now, my relationship with members of Oyo
State House of Assembly is strong. If I am travelling to
Ibadan, I buy fish for the Speaker. Even as I am here,
the Speaker still sends me text messages. They are in
the opposition party.
Ajimobi came out to say that I was the finest officer he
had seen in the Police. If Governor Ajimobi travels, he
would call me and ask for my shoe size. We were very
close but he knew my stands on issues and he did not
witch-hunt his opponents.
He is not a tyrant. He is highly respected. He does not
force people to respect him, he exudes respect. He
talks to you himself. He calls me personally. I am the
one who conducted the election that brought Governor
Adams Oshiomhole back to power in Edo State. My IGP
sent me there to do the right thing. The IGP gave me
enough money and I paid everybody and I refused to
collect any kobo from any politician.
My transfer to Rivers State-----------------------
I went for a burial in my town. When I returned, I was
told I had been transferred by the IGP to Rivers State. I
was not happy because I loved Oyo State. My IGP
called and said I should resume immediately in Rivers
and I said: ‘Thank you for the opportunity to serve’.
As an officer, you don’t query your boss over any
transfer. It is against our rule of engagement. I
resumed in Rivers State and thinking I was coming to
work with my brother, I felt elated.
On my arrival to Rivers State, I saw a dirty-looking and
shabbily dressed police officer and I asked: ‘who is
that’. I asked them to call him and I said ‘you don’t
look like a policeman. Your shoe is different, your
uniform is different and you are so dirty. I ordered for
his detention immediately so that he could face strict
police disciplinary action. Two hours later, I received a
phone call that he was the Orderly of the Secretary to
the State Government. I ordered his release and
warned him to change.
My observation on resumption----------------------
I discovered that policemen were not controlling
traffic. It was the Man O War and the Rivers State
Traffic Management Authority who were doing that. I
called a conference and warned officers and men to sit
up or shown the way out. I said: ‘ If you are in the
Nigeria Police, you must work’.
Everybody is now doing his job very well. When I came
here, a very important personality in Oyo told me that
the governor was his friend. He called him on my
behalf to say I was a good officer. I asked later: ‘ Have
you called him and he said Yes! But he was cold. It was
four months ago he told me that Ameachi told him I
was posted to come and fight him.
I visited the governor, although he did not receive me
very well, but I did not bother. All the Armoured
Personnel Carriers were not functioning. Many patrol
vehicles were abandoned. I started refurbishing them.
How my problem with the governor began
A lot of things were wrong in the command when I
resumed. If the governor wanted to hold a meeting
with his commanders, he would ask his Aide De Camp
(ADC) an Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police to
call me a few hours to the meeting. I would ask: ‘Is
that how you hold meetings here? The state where I
came from, the personnel in the Chief of Staff’s Office
would write the service commanders and attach the
agenda for the meeting as well as the minute of the
last Security meeting. But I have not seen it happened
in Rivers State.
One day, I told his Excellency: ‘ I am not saying we
should not have emergency meetings, but we should
be having formal security meetings. A meeting you
would be attending with the governor, the deputy
governor is not there, the Chief of Staff is not there,
Special Assistant Security is not there. We just come
for meeting and no one is taking minutes. We talk and
talk without minutes. It is not proper.
He talks to me through his ADC. He does not call me.
An ASP would call me and say ‘ something happened
in a particular place, why should you allow it to
happen? I would tell him to ask His Excellency whether
Police are ubiquitous or ghosts? Governor Ajimobi
would never allow me to face such insult from a very
The next time that ADC called me, I warned him and
threatened to visit him with police disciplinary action
when next he would call to give me instructions. He
stopped calling me and the governor started calling
When I came to Port Harcourt, every commissioner
under Governor Amaechi had five mobile policemen
and Counter- Terrorism Unit men attached to him, I
withdrew all of them and gave them one conventional
policeman each. The Speaker of the House had 25
policemen and I said: “We must prune them to nine.
Local Council chairmen were having seven policemen
each and I saw it as an abuse. How do we protect the
public if all my men are attached to politicians?
Because of this action, we did not witness any bank
robbery since I came till December. The governor
became very angry with me, saying I was sabotaging
him and I was sent to fight him. He started insulting
me in the public. He told me: ‘look CP, if IGP gives
instructions in Abuja, I and the Commissioner of Police
would sit down and adjust it. I told him I could not do
it because “I am enjoying the favours of my IGP, who is
my immediate boss. I don’t want to create an issue of
breach of trust because he is my boss. He treats me
like a servant.”
There was a day we were to have the security meeting.
He called me and asked me to come back again for five
times, as if I was his house-boy. He once told me I was
sent to Rivers State to kill him. There was nothing he
did not tell me and I would always keep my cool.
As all these things were going on, I never knew there
was a court case between G. U. Akeh and Felix Obuah.
I never knew any of them. I was coming back from a
tour when the Director of Sates Security Service called
to tell me that they had removed Akeh as PDP
chairman and one Obuah had been asked to take over.
That was the genesis of the crisis till today.
The governor created his own ‘state police’------------------
In Rivers, we have what they call TIMARIF. It is like the
LASTMA of Lagos but it operates like a state police.
They harass people and extort them all over the state.
We almost had problem with the military because of
them. I never knew that it was our Mobile Policemen
attached to them that were giving them the power. I
withdrew all of them from TIMARIF and that weakened
them and people were happy. The governor became
more angry with me. I told him, Sir: ‘ It is not good to
use us to fight your political enemies. We have a duty
to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of party
affiliations’. Whenever he goes out for inspection of
projects, he would mandate me to go with him, I
became his orderly. He would take me to inspect
bridges and I kept my cool.
I have never met the supervising Minister of State for
Education, Nyesom Wike. I never knew him. I only see
him on television, and it was during his visit I came to
know him. It is my duty to protect a Minister of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, the governor got angry
and said why should I protect him. There was never a
day that Governor Ajimobi asked me why was I
protecting PDP government servants. It was because
of their party problem that the governor roped me into
the matter and I know nothing about that. The same
governor started accusing me that I leaked secrets to
Abuja. I told him that we write our reports to the IGP
after every security meeting. He wanted to create
problem between me and my colleagues in the other
services, he said that the Army Brigade Commander
would now become the Head of the State security
meeting in his absence, I said: ‘No’, that cannot
happen in a democracy. I brought out a circular
showing him that the Commissioner of Police “is the
head of the other security agencies.”
I rejected that proposal. This time around, their party
problem had been polarized. Some people were for
Ake and some were for the other person. In the
presence of my lieutenants, he told me: “My CP, if we
were in good terms, I would be giving you contracts’. I
told him: ‘Your Excellency, I am not interested in all
these things. I don’t even have a house apart from my
father’s two-storey building’.
I told him my passion was how to do the right thing
always. I told him he was supposed to commend me
for doing the right thing always instead of fighting me.
There is discipline all over the place in Rivers State.
The people of Rivers State have been supporting me.
They donate a many things to us. Today, all the
important people in Rivers State who were scared of
coming home because of the governor’s thugs, now
come home. All dignitaries of the state now come
home to celebrate their birthdays. Before now, if you
were an opposition to the governor, you dared not
organize a party because thugs would come and deal
with you. There was so much abuse of peoples’ rights
in Rivers State before I came. Security agencies and
human rights groups had come to investigate me and
they did not find me guilty.
The governor sponsored women to come and protest
that ‘Mbu Must go’, the next day, to my surprise,
about 5,000 women came out to say ‘Mbu must stay’. I
got information that ex-militants were going to
protest, I learnt that they had matched to Isaac Boro
Stadium, I sent my men to throw tear-gas canisters at
them and they ran away. Somehow, they found their
way around Government House, I sent my Counter
Terrorism officers to cordon off the Government House
and they dislodged them. I sent a text to the governor
and told him my actions and he replied and said:
‘Thank you very much’.
The IGP urged me to go back to the Public Order Act
and make a pronouncement banning protest. I sent a
text to the governor informing him about that and he
did not reply my message. The governor called and
said he was going to lead a protest against the Police.
He said the police were taking sides. I don’t know
those politicians he was saying I am supporting. It is a
fact that the governor of Rivers State is a defector
Chief Security Officer of the state but who is supposed
to advise the governor? It is I and yet you are not in
good terms with me. You insult wherever you see me,
he disgraces me publicly. He says crime rate has
increased since I came, but it is not true because
statistics shows that crime rate has reduced. This is
the only state that the governors’ convoy is like a gang
star convoy, this is the only state that all plate
numbers of the governor and other commissioners are
concealed; I insisted that they must not be concealed.
I pleaded with governor, I said ‘ ‘You are the elected
governor of Rivers State, your supposed to be
respected, but you drive like a cowboy, if you conceal
all your numbers, the people will not respect you. You
should hang your party flag and the national flag with
the coat of arm, your symbol of authority opened for
people to know who is passing by’. All the policemen
attached to him behave like gods. They don’t take
instructions from us. One day, the governor called and
said: ‘ CP, do you know you were the first person to
give query to my ADC? I said ‘Yes, he is a police officer
under me and if he misbehaves, I will give him query’.
He told me, ‘Do you know you were indirectly giving
me query? I said: ‘Your Excellency, I could not give you
query. The boy in question is part of the police. If he
misbehaves, we would have to discipline him,
according to the rules guiding the job’. I don’t go to
Deputy Police Commissioner (DC) to say “I want
money from the governor, I do my job, I don’t beg for
Senator Abbe encounter---------------------------------
We were informed that there would be rally, but no
letter was written to us for permission. So I asked my
men to take over the venue of the rally before that
day. Senator Abbe met my CSP Operations at the
venue and they were talking. Thugs were coming from
the other side and my men had to release tear gas.The
senator crossed the road and entered the church.
Nobody shot Senator Abbe. He should show Nigerians
the bullet wounds. The tear gas did not even touch
him because he went into the church
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Jeboy(m): 8:05am On Jan 21|
Only God will judge Amaechi..the manner he talks too much, this highhandness of Amaechi does not need investigations to be proved. Mbu stays as Rivers CP, you have spoken well. God is watching.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by kingbang: 8:22am On Jan 21|
Amaechi the useless Dictator
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by aventura(m): 8:43am On Jan 21|
Now we've heard the other side of the story. It was so silly of Soyinka and co to be throwing tantrums..........
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Biodup: 8:52am On Jan 21|
I like this man confidence and professionalism. Thumb up mr commissioner of police but if your story na lied God go judge you
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by size38: 8:53am On Jan 21|
Mbu should shut up and tell the world the truth. Amaechi is fighting, does Amaechi have guns? Does Amaechi have knife? Does Amaechi have Tear gas and Rubber Bullets?. He should tell Nigerians how he is being used by GEJ and his wife to do the dirty Job for them. They will all fail because that man Amaechi, will never succumb to their intimidation and impunity. His name suggests where he derives his strength from. Chibuike is his name, meaning GOD is my strength.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Freeanijoo(m): 9:07am On Jan 21|
I believe we still have good men in the NPF.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by danot1030: 9:25am On Jan 21|
Biodup: I like this man convidence and professionalism. Thumb up mr commissional of police but if your story na lied God go judge younext time try and use a dictionary if u ar not sure of d spelling.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Agbalanze(m): 9:28am On Jan 21|
Some how, I believe what this man said. I have not seen the CP criticizing the gov. In public but Amaechi always do that.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Sec5(m): 9:28am On Jan 21|
Now we know d truth.this man does his work keeping away from d media while Amechi graces d dailies with his lies on daily basis.
Anyways,ride on commissioner.
But e be like say u go make beta CP in yobe or borno with these ur talents.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by donphilopus: 9:29am On Jan 21|
Mbu Is A Liar - Novel.
The above novel is already out! You can contact Amaechi, if you need one.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Mcdondayan: 9:34am On Jan 21|
Oga, there is no sauce for this rice ooo. I have always known Amaechi to be a dicktator. Good for him, he has seen his match. Ride on Mbu.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Sec5(m): 9:36am On Jan 21|
size38: Mbu should shut up and tell the world the truth. Amaechi is fighting, does Amaechi have guns? Does Amaechi have knife? Does Amaechi have Tear gas and Rubber Bullets?. He should tell Nigerians how he is being used by GEJ and his wife to do the dirty Job for them. They will all fail because that man Amaechi, will never succumb to their intimidation and impunity. His name suggests where he derives his strength from. Chibuike is his name, meaning GOD is my strength.
Be civil for once.Though u guys in Apc hate accepting d truth,u like feeding from d lies u are fed with by ur masters
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by studio14: 9:46am On Jan 21|
danot1030: next time try and use a dictionary if u ar not sure of d spelling.but you were able to peruse his writeup
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by danot1030: 9:52am On Jan 21|
studio14: but you were able to peruse his writeupunaa, forgive me.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by FunnyPikin.com(m): 9:58am On Jan 21|
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by slimghost(m): 10:01am On Jan 21|
donphilopus: Mbu Is A Liar - Novel.
What makes him a liar please?. We should always stand for the truth no matter our political affiliation.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by SeaGold: 10:02am On Jan 21|
As a police commissioner, He's in the capacity to make lots of money in RIVERS state licking the governor's asz but if he declines,it need not be said he is a true professional.
Commissioner Mbu's account of event is undeniably,factual and foolproof
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by noblezone(m): 10:16am On Jan 21|
When some of who live in Port tell the truth about Amechi, APC e-ghosts will rant and nag till Seun's server will start experiencing headache called "congestion".
Time will tell that Amechi is a fraud!
Mbu, do your bit and leave Nigeria, nothing good will come out of her.
The APC controlled media is busy dancing Unclad with the song titled "opposition".
this interview will not make serious headlines.
But if Amechi grants interview and say, "Mbu is a devil" even CNN may carry it.
Shame on Nigeria.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Nwa Teacher: 10:31am On Jan 21|
Moderator, front page plz. It will sound political if this piece doesn't make front page.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by noblezone(m): 10:36am On Jan 21|
Nwa Teacher: Moderator, front page plz. It will sound political if this piece doesn't make front page.
If you want a front page thread, start one with, "Mbu is a devil - Amechi"
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Nobody: 10:42am On Jan 21|
Wow! Ride on. Mr CP
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by slimghost(m): 10:47am On Jan 21|
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by hardywaltz(m): 10:50am On Jan 21|
Mbu Shut up!!
Tell us ur role in 2003 abduction of Gov Ngige when u where ACP and what led to ur suspension in Oyo state for refusing a court order.
Also tell us which of Ameachi's enemies other Police Commissioners b4 him helped to subdue.
Even Wike in all his accusations has never said Ameachi planned or eliminated any of his enemies since 2007
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Billyonaire: 11:10am On Jan 21|
Mbu deserves an award. He is undeniably one of the finest officers in the force. Amaechi is a thug and a gangster. APC will someday know this truth.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by UltraMedia: 11:23am On Jan 21|
This is what have come to notice in our dear nairaland....APC, their e-goats and anti-GEJ and cramjones threads enjoy FP status while truths are washed down or hidden like they never exist! As neutrals (I hate PDP with a passion), we are now seeing truth from all these propagandas.....the way Mbu was usually reffered to before this interview, I usually ask, why not transfer the 'corrupt' Mbu from Rivers for peace to reign.....however, no matter how truth is hidden, will surely prevail....Nairaland, MODs and supermods, stay neutral and bring right infos and don't go way of Sahara Reporters
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Goddex: 11:27am On Jan 21|
The Truth will always prevail over serial lies.
I enjoin you Mr Mbu to keep doing your work with clear conscience for God and posterity. God bless and guide you
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by glory2glory: 11:37am On Jan 21|
I pity for Mbu, if indeed he has had a good record with the police as he claims, he is going to destroy that record with his recklessness and partisanship in Rivers state. The Mbu we see and experience in Rivers state is very far from the picture painted in the write up. Any man can blow his trumpet.Mbu can say and do anything now because he enjoys the support of Gej and Pej, but he forgets that no position or political office is permanent. History always repeats itself, unfortunately people do not learn from history.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by glory2glory: 11:39am On Jan 21|
Goddex: The Truth will always prevail over serial lies.That man definitely has no conscience. Only time will tell.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by glory2glory: 11:50am On Jan 21|
noblezone: When some of who live in Port tell the truth about Amechi, APC e-ghosts will rant and nag till Seun's server will start experiencing headache called "congestion".You simply do not know the truth, have refused to see the truth or is blatantly denying it. For goodness sake, we all live in Ph and we know that Pej and Wike are using Mbu to intimidate the governor because of Wike's ambition and Pej's love for power. Mbu is trampling on the fundamental rights of people and you are here clapping for him. If he is as good as he claims why has insecurity increased in the state. Why are the militants back? What happened to the 6 thugs caught with arms and ammunition recently. Why will Mbu spend all his time fighting the governor and his associates while Rivers state is being gradually taken back to the days of militancy.
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Lusola15(m): 11:57am On Jan 21|
God will see you thru MBU
|Re: Why Amaechi Is Fighting Me, By Mbu by Mina98(): 11:57am On Jan 21|
size38: Mbu should shut up and tell the world the truth. Amaechi is fighting, does Amaechi have guns? Does Amaechi have knife? Does Amaechi have Tear gas and Rubber Bullets?. He should tell Nigerians how he is being used by GEJ and his wife to do the dirty Job for them. They will all fail because that man Amaechi, will never succumb to their intimidation and impunity. His name suggests where he derives his strength from. Chibuike is his name, meaning GOD is my strength.you should shut up your mouth and stop supporting that he-goat called Amechi that talks like a woman. Ever since Amechi have been shouting and asking that Mbu should go this man have not insulted him in anyway but trying to tell the whole world who Amechi is. The first day I watched Amechi on Tv talking and insulting people was the day I knew he was heartless and can do anything just to discredit mbu. Nemesis will surely catch up with Amech one day
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