AIG Joseph Mbu: When Karmal Came Calling

When Karmal Came Calling

Do you remember him? He became popular (or could it be notorious) when he served as the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command during the administration of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the incumbent Minister of Transport.

Mbu was a reference point whenever mention was made of police brutality. Before his posting to Rivers State, he had served as CP in Oyo State where he reportedly “embarrassed” the Nigeria Police Force so much that he was removed from his post., Mr Mbu occupied the palace and ancestral home of Ashipa of Oyo.” In doing that he defied a standing court order concerning the Obaship tussle of Oyo State between Alaafin of Oyo and Isale Oyo. He took sides in the hotly contested matter, and raided the Palace of the Olu Ibadan of Ibadanland with over 200-armed officers, creating havoc, and making people wonder if he had ‘no respect for traditional institutions.

While the people of Oyo State heaved a sigh of relief following his deployment from the state, Rivers people (his next port of call) soon realised the bull in a China shop they had on their hands. Among his numerous acts are
disrupting legislative operations, dislodging peaceful protesters with bullets. His policies were odd, even disturbing, acting as what many Port Harcourt residents at the time saw as ‘an opposing political party’ all on his own.

‘The Riot Act Cop,’ as he is described by his critics, took his trade to Abuja on being transferred to the Federal Capital Territory. He was soon to ban the #Bringbackourgirls rallies in the nation’s capital.

Before that, he had upon resumption of duty at the Federal Capital Territory, dismissed all Divisional Police Officers in the command, asking for direct reporting to himself at the Command Headquarters. He was god, his words were laws, he was feared, he was fearless.

Well, like everything that has a beginning, it all came to an abrupt end with his sudden retirement from the Force in 2016. He challenged it at the National Industrial Court.

However, a few years down the line, he now has more than his retirement to contend with. A few days ago he was dragged to court over an alleged murder by the Cross River State government. He is now required to answer questions around an issue that took place on 24th December 2018, leading to the death of one Ayuk Etta Ngon. Ngon was alleged murdered at Ndung Stream Road, Bendegbe.

Mr Mbu was said to have shot Mr Ngon dead, an action that contravenes Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Vol. 3, Laws of Cross River State of Nigeria 2004.

While UNCENSORED is not in a position to pronounce Mr Mbu guilty or not, suffice to say the evil men do live with them.


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