Mbu Joseph Mbu is the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State. He is a native of Cross River State. He has spent 29 years in the Police force, having been recruited as a cadet Inspector in 1984. Until his new posting, he was serving as the CP of Oyo Police Command. He had previously served as Commissioner of Police for the Mobile police Unit. Just before he was moved to Rivers few months ago, he had also led a team of policemen to raid the palace of the Olubadan, allegedly on orders from above.
Ever since the crisi in Rivers State broke, Mbu has brazenly shown partisan tendencies, making many to wonder whether he is a policeman or a politician. Mbu’s acts are a perfect replay of what late Raphael Ige, then an AIG did in Anambra State on July 10, 2003, when he led a team of policemen to abduct an elected Governor Chris Ngige, on the orders of Chris Uba, who was then flaunting his connection with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Ige was not only retired shortly after that shameful saga, he died almost miserably, eight years ago, in Kogi State.
Long before him, was former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Adewusi, who had more or less allowed his officers to be used by the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) government of Shehu Shagari to harass and intimidate Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) programmes and activities in the South-west.
In Rivers State, Mbu had clearly sided with the anti-Amaechi party in the crisis, which sharply contrasts with his supposed role of an impartial arbiter. For instance, his withdrawal and non-replacement of security aides of the Speaker of the House of Assembly and the Chief of Staff to the governor, mobilizing women to protest in his favour, are all evidences of his partisan depth. His re-occupation of the secretariat of Obi-Akpor Council, is a crying shame of how not to defy court orders.
It is however consoling that the AIG in charge of zone 6, Mr Jonathan Johnson admitted that the State Police command made some “mistakes” in the handling of the crisis in Rivers State, apologised and promised to correct the gaffes. But it is people like Mbu who help to deepen the dye of the doubtful image of the Nigerian Police.