Activists demand Rivers police chief’s removal

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FOR accusing The Nation newspaper of slanting its reports against the Rivers State Command on the crisis rocking the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Rivers Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu came under attacks yesterday.

Two right groups – the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) and the Human Rights Alliance – demanded Mbu’s immediate removal for lying against the media organisation.

Anyakwee Nsirimovu, IHRHL’s Executive Director and Ken Atsuwete, a Port Harcourt lawyer, spoke for the groups.

Besides their call for Mbu’s immediate redeployment, the duo also asked the police chief, who was transferred from Oyo State to Rivers State about two and a half months ago, to apologise to The Nation, over the allegation levelled against it.

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Mbu, while addressing a crowded news conference at the Police Headquarters on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt on Friday, accused The Nation of being paid by Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the Rivers State Government to attack and cast aspersions on him, demanding an apology.

Mbu also absolved himself of any involvement in the deepening crisis rocking PDP in the state, claiming his neutrality.

Defending his role, Mbu said his interest was to ensure the protection of lives and property of residents, even as he warned that he should not be dragged into the crisis involving Amaechi and the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike and the others.

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Rivers House of Assembly Speaker Otelemaba Dan Amachree had earlier condemned the plot to destabilise Rivers to pave the way for the declaration of state emergency rule in the state, insisting that the police commissioner must be removed, for taking sides and acting the scripts of the “Abuja forces”.


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