The Commissioner of police in Rivers State, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu, may have submitted to the superiority of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whom he described as his “boss, friend, and brother” and blamed the press for creating a false impression of animosity between them.
He also reiterated the ban on public protests and demonstrations in the state without a written request and approval from his office.
Mbu, made this known yesterday while briefing newsmen at the police command headquarters in Port Harcourt on the successes recorded by the police in the state since he assumed office as the commissioner of police in March this year.
He said, “Governor Amaechi is my friend, he is my brother and my boss. Yesterday, we spoke on phone for close to 30 minutes. I cannot shoot him. It is the press that is creating the problem between us to sell their papers. It is the press that is saying the governor will shoot me or I shoot him.”
On the recent threat by Governor Amaechi to lead a protest for his removal as police commissioner, Mbu, “Nobody is above the law in Nigeria and I know that Governor Amaechi is not thinking towards that direction (leading a protest). He is the chief security officer of the state and I am his second-in-command. Anyway, until then, we will see.”
The police chief also used the media parley to dispel insinuations that former leader of the dreaded Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV), Comrade Ateke Tom, is a criminal saying as far as he was concerned, Ateke is an ex-militant who has been granted presidential amnesty.
He said, “I have been hearing about Ateke Tom as an ex-militant, but I met him last Saturday, during the burial of the First Lady’s grandfather at Okrika. He came to greet me where I was sitting with the Brigade Commander and the SSS Director. When he left I asked who he is and they told me, Ateke.
“As far as I am concerned, Ateke is not a criminal. He is an ex-militant, who was granted presidential amnesty. If he wants to visit me, I will not stop him. But any day I identify him as an active militant, I will fight him.”