Rivers Crisis: Babangida, Lamido, kwankwaso and Nyako Calls for the Removal of Rivers Commissioner of Police

The team of Northern governors that paid a solidarity visit to Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, have demanded for the  immediately redeploy the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu due unprofessionalism and political partisanship in the numerous crises tearing the state apart.

The governors (Babangida Aliyu -Niger, Murtala Nyako -Adamawa, Sule Lamido -Jigawa, Rabiu Kwankwaso -Kano) made this known just before they left the Rivers State government house. They said that having interacted with stakeholders in the state, it is crystal clear that  the Commissioner of police was being used as a tool to persecute the Rivers State Governor. “We wish to call on the Inspector General of Police to hearken to the voices of reason and immediately redeploy and discipline Commissioner Joseph Mbu,” the statement said. “His action smacks of unprofessionalism and political partisanship which is unbecoming of his office.”

The governors threatened to withdraw part of their federal allocation that they have earlier promised  to contribute towards the funding of the police if the Rivers State commissioner of police is not removed. And they used the opportunity to reopen the argument on the benefits of state police. “Arising from the action of the police, and Joseph Mbu in Rivers State, the call for state police as a constitutional provision has become a necessity,” the statement added. “We note that the events in Rivers state have again brought to the fore the issue of true federalism and the need for institutions derived from the Constitutions to be allowed to function without undue interference. As federating units, we must be allowed the space to guarantee our people’s sustainable development as provided by the Constitution.”

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The visiting governors are firm supporters and allies of the embattled Rivers governor.It could be recalled that these governors convoy were stoned earlier today by protesters at the Port Harcourt Airport earlier today.


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