Group faults calls for Mbu’s redeployment
A group, the Good Governance Initiative (GGI) has faulted calls, especially from All Progressives Congress (APC) for the redeployment of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, insisting that he was carefully selected by the police high command for a special and peculiar assignment.
Saying that his detractors and critics cannot claim to know better than the Police High Command, the group said the choice of Mbu could only have been made because only a policeman of his mold can work successfully in a peculiar environment like Lagos at this political period.
Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, an acting commissioner of police said the call for Mbu’s redeployment is irrelevant, adding: “We do not respond to such call. AIG Mbu is a police officer, a senior officer for that matter. Postings and re-deployment of police officers is the sole prerogative of police high authorities and not calls from individuals or groups.
“Mbu’s track records have set him apart as an officer who is able to deliver in the best standards of professionalism and within the ambit of law,” a Force Headquarters source said.
A statement issued by Sunny Irabor on behalf of GGI noted that Mbu is acclaimed to have been on duty in Edo State during which the gubernatorial election that brought Adams Oshiomole to power for the second term was held.
“During this period, he received an overwhelming commendation from the governor who described him as a strict thorough and fair policeman. Even in the face of the intimidating influence of the current Peoples Democratic Party BOT chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, who is also known to be a retired policeman, Mbu was said to have stood his ground, insisting on fairness and equity for all.”
Continuing, the source informed that a week before he was posted to Lagos, the APC in Rivers State got wind of the impending general postings in the police and quickly wrote a letter to the Police Service Commission (PSC) asking that they do not want Mbu in Zone 6 comprising Rivers and Akwa Ibom.
“To anyone conversant with movement of police during elections it is an open knowledge that policemen are posted to fresh areas where they have not served before and Mbu’s posting falls within this extant practice,” said the source.
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