by Dare Lawal
The Rivers Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, said on Tuesday that the state command provided adequate security during the protest by some ex-militants in Port Harcourt.
He told reporters in a briefing that not only did it secure the Government house and other areas of the state, it did not give any cover to the ex-militants contrary to what is being insinuated.
‘’ I respect my governor, he is my boss , I do not want to join issues with him.
‘’I got a hint by 5.30 in the morning of that day that it appears to be a peaceful protest.
‘’We did not know exactly from which direction. In the morning, I was the one who deployed counter terrorism unit , those wearing red berets . I deployed them personally around the Government House.
‘’I deployed our Armour personnel carriers to Government House and we were able to send them out.
‘’And I sent a text message to his Excellency, I said your Excellency sir, we have dispersed the men and he replied my text message and said thank you very much.
‘’ I sent back a text message to him , Your Excellency , thank you sir, I want to add that I have explained things to the IG (Inspector-General of Police) and IG has directed that I should ban further public peaceful protests or processions and anybody who wants to do that should apply.
‘’ And, he never replied me,’’ he said.
Mbu also accused some government officials of wooing some more groups and unions to join the two-day warning strike by the organised labour in the state over the continued closure of the Obio/Akpor Local Government secretariat by the police.
The commissioner said that the presence of the police at the secretariat was to provide protective custody.