Rivers Crisis: Northern Governors Threatens to Stop Funding Nigeria Police, Demand CP Mbu’s Removal
Northern governors led by its Chairman, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has threatened to stop funding the police force if the authorities fail to redeploy the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Mbu Joseph Mbu whose activities they describe as partisan and unprofessional.
Aliyu and three other northern Governors — Sule Lamido of Jigawa state, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state by youths loyal to some anti-Amaechi big wigs, who has the backing of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience were held hostage and attacked during a solidarity visit to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state in Port Harcourt yesterday,
The governor issued a joint statement criticizing the action of the Rivers Police Commissioner and called for his immediate redeployment.
Their statement reads in full: “We have come to visit with our colleague and brother the Governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum The visit is to ascertain for ourselves some of the things we have read in papers, seen on television and heard on radio which are threats to peace, security and democracy.
We are pleased to notice the peaceful atmosphere in town and that people in the state are going about their normal business and that the governor and government are in charge. This is especially reassuring as opposed to the organised protest by a handful of persons at the Port Harcourt Airport when we arrived.
Having interacted with our colleague and other persons, we are shocked at the role of the police in Rivers State and condemn its clear partisanship in the show of shame that took place at the Rivers State House of Assembly.
As Chief Executives of our states who have sworn to protect lives and properties in our various states, we are particularly troubled by the development in Rivers State.
We commend the House of Representatives for its proactive leadership in the crisis and appreciate the Senate committee’s thoroughness in addressing the matter.
We wish to call on the Inspector General of police to hearken to the voice of reason and immediately redeploy and discipline Commissioner Mbu. His actions smirk of unprofessionalism and political partisanship which is unbecoming of his office.
With the way the police is being used and abused and with officers like Mbu in the force, we do not see the need for state governments to fund an antagonistic police and may be forced to reconsider our position on the financial contribution of the states towards the funding of the Nigeria Police.
Arising from the actions of the police and Mr. Joseph Mbu in Rivers State, the call for state police as a constitutional provision has become a necessity.
We note that events in Rivers State have again brought to the fore the question of true federalism and the need for institutions derived from constitutions be allowed to function without undue interference. As federating units we must be allowed the space to guarantee our people sustainable development as provided by the constitution.
We acknowledge the great work Governor Amaechi and his team are doing in Rivers State and commend his maturity and calm even in the face of apparent persecution.
We join well meaning Nigerians to call on all political actors to diffuse tension and stop all actions capable of overheating the polity and derailing our nascent democracy. We must all work together to build one united and indivisible nation and strengthen our democracy.
HE Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (CON)
Chief Servant, Niger State
HE Dr. Sule Lamido (CON)
Governor, Jigawa State
HE Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso
Governor, Kano State
HE Vice Adm. Mutala Nyako (Rtd) GCON, CFR
Governor, Adamawa State
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