If there’s one politician who will never forget Assistant Inspector General of Police Joseph Mbu in a hurry, it’s no other person than the outgoing governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi.
To show his disdain for Mbu, Amaechi once described him as a politician in police uniform because of the way and manner he handled policing in the state while he was serving as police commissioner of Rivers State. The governor had claimed he wanted to destroy Rivers State because he is a card carrying member of the ruling PDP.
The opposition APC was making noise daily then that the commissioner of police should be transferred out of Rivers State as he was accused of being used to frustrate the governor and the emergence of APC in the Niger-Delta region.
However, the Police Service Commission bowed to pressure and transferred Mbu out of Rivers State to forestall the impending calamities that might occur if he remained in charge of the state police command; thus he was posted to Abuja.
However, he did not stay long in Abuja before he was posted to Lagos as the AIG in charge of Zone 2 that comprises Lagos and Ogun States. This was a posting that the opposition APC frowned at because they believed that he was sent to Lagos to reenact what he did in Rivers especially when it occurred in the twilight of the 2015 General Elections.
While in Lagos he assured both parties that he was going to maintain strict policing without bias against anybody but the opposition APC never believed him as they saw him as the attack dog of the Presidency.
Shortly after he was transferred to Lagos, he started receiving bashing from different quarters to the extent that the Oba of Lagos warned him that nobody can intimidate Lagosians; that any policeman who comes to Lagos to cause trouble would fail because Lagos was not Port Harcourt.
He was able to maintain peace in Lagos during the general elections, a feat he claimed he was able to achieve because of his threat that his men would kill 20 people if the politicians kill one policeman.
Now the elections have come and gone resulting in the loss of President Goodluck Jonathan and if feelers reaching Global News is anything to go by, the controversial police officer may tender his resignation letter before May 29, 2015 Democracy Day and handover of government to the APC led by General Muhamadu Buhari.
No doubt, Mbu is not in the good books of APC top echelons and he would be one person that would first be booted out of the service; but instead for him to be disgraced out, it’s better for him honourably throw in the towel, a reliable source quipped.
There are strong indications that any moment from now, Mbu may announce his resignation from the Nigeria Police Force without achieving his ambition and dream of becoming the Inspector-General of Police.