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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Why we are yet to fire Rivers CP – Police Affairs Minister


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Police Affairs Minister, Capt. Caleb Olukolade (Rtd) and former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, Friday in Lagos, explained why the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu has not been fired yet.
The Police Affairs Minister made the explanations at the official commissioning of about 200 housing units by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at Idimu, Lagos.
He noted that investigation into the ‘show of shame’ was still ongoing and that the public would soon be notified on the outcome.
It would be recalled that there have been demands from different quarters over the removal of CP Mbu from the state over alleged involvement in the ongoing fracas in Rivers state.
He said, “The Chairman, Police Service Commission is in a better position to comment on it. Everything falls within his purview,” he added.
Speaking further, Olukolade stated that the Force has an internal way of handling erring officers and that the public should give the police enough time to handle the matter.
“The Force has a way of dealing with issues internally. The public should allow the Force to investigate. However, I have asked the Chairman, Police Service Commission to look into the matter,” he added.
Adding his voice, former IG of police, Sir Okiro revealed that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has written officially to inform him about the crisis.
He disclosed that Amaechi in the said letter laid various allegations against the Commissioner of police, of which is gross abuse of power
“However, the principle of fundamental human rights demands that an accused person should be given a fair hearing. “I have directed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to investigate the matter and once he is found wanting, he will be dealt with accordingly,” he added.
While condemning the recent crisis by the Assembly Lawmakers, Okiro said that it was sad to note that officers, for personal reasons, would decide to abandon projects embarked upon by their predecessors.
“I started the project and it was at the lintel level at the time I left, but the immediate past IGP, for one reason or the other left it. I am happy to witness its completion,” he averred
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