The Rivers State government Thursday accused the commissioner of police, Joseph Mbu, of taking actions detrimental to the safety of governor Rotimi Amaechi, adding that it would hold him responsible for any harm to the state’s chief executive.
The commissioner Of information and communications, Ibim Semenitari, said in a statement thatMbu has been prying into the activities of the governor to get prior Information on his movement for reasons that are unclear.
“This sudden interest of CP Mbu regarding the daily movement of Governor Amaechi cannot be borne out of love. We suspect that the request for daily prior briefing on the Governor’s movement may be to furnish strange persons with necessary details of his movement and, thereby placing him in harms’ way,” the statement said.
It noted Mbu has not hidden the fact that he holds Amaechi in disdain and would stop at nothing to either harm him or aid those planning to do so.
Semenitari said the fact that the CP waited for the governor to travel out of Port Harcourt before inviting the policemen attached to the government house for questioning is curious and indicative of his ulterior motives.
“If his intentions were noble and above board, CP Mbu has Governor Amaechi’s telephone number and could have reached him directly to make the request of prior briefing of his movements,” the statement noted.
It said alternatively, the CP could have written officially to the secretary to state government to make the same request.
Semenitari alleged that Mbu redeployed the escort commander in charge of the convoy of the governor citing his refusal to furnish him with prior information on the movement of the governor.
Afterwards, Mbu directed the camp commandant of Government House, Port Harcourt, to give him prior briefing on the governor’s daily movement, the commissioner stated.
In addition, she noted, the Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday declared Amaechi’s ADC, who is said to be receiving medical attention, a deserter.
The statement said the government of Rivers State is most uncomfortable with these developments and their implications for the security of governor Amaechi.
It noted that this would be the first time since Amaechi assumed office in 2007, that a police commissioner would be requesting prior information of his movement.
The state government spokeswoman recalled that in May this year, the CP allowed ex-Militants to barricade the gate into the Government House after parading major streets of Port Harcourt and has at several other times compromised the governor’s security and safety.
“He even personally led an attack on Government House, Port Harcourt on July 10, 2013” she said, added that “As Commissioner of Police, CP Mbu, refuses to brief the Governor, who is the Chief Security Officer of the state on the state of security in Rivers State.”
Semenitari said nothing has been done despite a formal report by the Governor to the Police High Command concerning his worries about the CP.
“We therefore wish to alert Nigerians and the rest of the world that CP Mbu should be held responsible should anything evil happen to the Governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, any principal officer or top government functionary in Rivers State. We believe that his current actions are sufficient warning to us,” the statement said.