I cannot pre-empt Mbu's probe report, says Okiro

By The Citizen

Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Okiro said yesterday that he would not pre-empt the report of the probe of the outgoing Rivers State Commissioner, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu.

Mbu's activities in Rivers are being probed by the PSC.

Okiro, speaking at the Police College, Ikeja during the pull-out of two Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) and five Commissioners (CP), from the force described Mbu's redeployment as normal.

Relationship between Mbu and Governor Rotimi Amaechi was turbulent for much of the CP's stay in the state following his alleged partiality towards the governor's political opponents.

The governor and many other Nigerians and groups had called for his deployment from the state on account of his role in the political crisis in the state which has pitched the governor against President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience.

Police Inspector General Muhammed Abubakar and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently set up separate panels to probe last month's shooting of Senator Magnus Abe allegedly by policemen at a rally at Bori,Rivers State.

Twenty two other Commissioners of and Deputy Commissioner were affected by the recent redeployment in the police.

Okiro also spoke on the planned salary structure for policemen.

He said: 'During my days, two years, six months, two, police commissioners and other senior officers were being redeployed. So there is nothing new in the redeployment of Mbu', Okiro said.

'I am aware of the growing demand for improved welfare for the police, especially the salary but how much to be paid is not for me to decide.'

The Inspector General who was the special gust of honour at the event also said that Mbu's redeployment was normal.

On the 2015 elections , he said that policemen are currently undergoing training in Gwazo,Borno |State and Pakistan.