The erstwhile commissioner of police in Rivers State, Mr. Joseph Mbu, has stated that those that called for his redeployment were not fair to him.
Mr. Mbu’s tenure was marred by controversy as he was accused of working for the presidency to undermine Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s authority in the state.
But the former Rivers boss denied the allegation, saying he was not posted to the state to do anybody’s bidding.
Mbu, who was last week officially deployed to the Federal Capital Territory, spoke in Port Harcourt on Saturday when he joined the new state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, on a courtesy visit to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike.
He advised his successor to ensure that vehicles with tinted glasses were thoroughly screened, adding that occupants of such vehicles could be political assassins.
Mbu said he was leaving the state a proud man because the state did not record any political assassination during his stay as the police commissioner.
“I did not come here with a script as alleged by few propagandists. I have discharged my duties with diligence and for the past one year, there has been no political assassination in Rivers State.
“Our sworn allegiance to the Nigeria Police Force must be upheld at all times. In the past one year, Rivers State under my command did not record any political killing and I carried out my job in the state with diligence and in consonance with professional ethics”, he said.
In his remark, Ogunsakin stressed that the ban on political rallies enforced by his predecessor would continue until 90 days to the election.
The new state police commissioner, however, added that any group that wished to hold a political gathering must get police permit five days before their meeting.
Ogunsakin said his visits to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and the Minister of Education marked the beginning of visits to stakeholders in the state.
In his response, Wike, who led a sustained anti-Amaechi campaign under the able supervision of Mbu, said the Peoples Democratic Party would support the new commissioner of police in his responsibility of protecting lives and property.
On the ban on political rallies, the minister said the PDP would go to court if it became necessary.
He said, “We will give you all the support you will require to make your job successful. There was a time when the police was used to intimidate and arrest people in this state until we went to court to seek redress before we could hold political meetings.
“I have never met Mbu in my life. The propaganda by other people that he was acting the script written to him by me was most unfortunate. You cannot influence Mbu in any way. That is why Rivers people protested the plan to redeploy him from the state.
“Let me appeal to you; the new CP, to please, ensure that lives and property in the state are well protected. Those of us who live in Abuja should not be afraid of coming home because of one crisis or the other”, he said.