Rivers News – Police Bicker Over Redeployment Of Amaechi’s Escort Commander
Meanwhile, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Angela Agabe, said the redeployment of escort commander to the state governors is a nationwide, therefore, no sentiment should be attached to the development.
The state government through the Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, had expressed grave concerns about the redeployment of the escort commander and the implication for Amaechi’s security. She also urged Nigerians and the rest of the world to hold the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, responsible should anything sinister happen to the governor, any principal officer or top government functionary in Rivers State.
Agabe told The Guardian in Port Harcourt Friday that the state police command had received a signal from the Inspector General of Police with a directive for the redeployment of the governor’s escort commander. According to her, the redeployment is not peculiar to Rivers state alone, as it was a nationwide signal sent to all police commands.
But Semenitari said Friday that the Government of Rivers State finds this hard to believe as the excuse being proffered by the Sate Police Command is clearly an after thought as this was not the reason given when both the Escort Commander and the Camp Commandant were invited to the police headquarters in Port Harcourt.
According to her, this excuse was also not proffered when the governor personally called Mbu to complain about the removal of his escort commander.
“Matters of personal security of government functionaries and especially top officials like the governor of the state are discussed and agreed with these officials.
“Even if for the purposes of argument, it is indeed factual that the Inspector General of police ordered the redeployment of Amaechi’s Escort Commander, wouldn’t the courteous thing be for the Commissioner of police and the police high command to inform and explain this to Governor Amaechi?
“On matters of his personal security, a governor reserves the right to reject or accept security details as he may be comfortable with.
“The Rivers State Government therefore is reluctant to accept what it considers a lame and unsatisfactory argument by the Rivers State Police Command,” she said.
Author of this article: EMMANUEL ANDE