AGAIN, MBU BITES THE DUST
Remember that former Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu, who forgot the demand of his office and went brazenly partisan, until he was booted out of the state. Mbu had put himself and his command at the beck and call of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan, a citizen of the state, in hershenanigan against the state Governor Rotimi Amaechi. He made life difficult for the governor and the people of the state. Anytime the First Lady was in town from her base in Abuja, the area she visited became no-go area for even the governor and most residents of the state. She was holding nocturnal meetings even with some state House of Assembly members and Mbu was giving them cover all in their bid to move towards the impeachment of the governor. They were in deficit; Dame Patience’s allies in the assembly were a paltry five members in a 32-members assembly.
Mbu did all that to court the good face of the authorities in Abuja. The situation got so embarrassing even to the authorities until he was whisked away from Rivers and given a face-saving appointment as Commissioner of Police FCT, Abuja Command. Conventional wisdom would have dictated that he lied low in the new assignment and be guided by past mistakes. But like a leopard that hardly changes its spots, garrulous Joseph Mbu could hardly change! He was again put where he belongs last week over his handling, sorry, bungling of the #BringBackOurGirls protest. The setback suffered by the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners in the hands of Mbu who banned their protest in Abuja was rectified when the Inspector-General of Police Muhammed Abubakar reversed the ban. Mbu had barred the organisers of the peaceful rallies from holding further protests aimed at putting pressure on the federal government and the security forces to find and rescue the schoolgirls. But speaking on behalf of the IG, Force spokesman Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said the public should disregard the pronouncement made by Mbu banning rallies in Abuja. He said the police only issued an advisory notice, asking citizens to apply caution in the said rallies, particularly in the FCT, and its environs in order for the rallies not to be hijacked by mischievous people.
Before then, however, the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners thad done the needful, knowing full well that engaging in peaceful rallies was a constitutional and democratic right of all Nigerians: they headed for the court to enforce their right and to seek damages against Mba’s fragrant abuse of his office. And so once again, Mbu bites the dust.