The Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Joseph Mbu, on Thursday descended on Governor Rotimi Amaechi, describing him as a power-hungry dictator. The commissioner made the comment at a press conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, during which he responded to claims by the Rivers State government that the crime rate in the state had gone up since his arrival in the state. Mr. Mbu said Mr. Amaechi hated him and had been playing politics with his name because he refused to be subservient to him.
He said, “Sometimes, silence is golden but sometimes it is misconstrued. I have respect for Governor Amaechi but his attacks on me are going beyond bounds. “Our governor is very tyrannical, he is a dictator. He wants everybody to say ‘yes sir’ to him and I said I will not say so. I am a professional. “The governor should please stop playing politics with my name. I will tell the whole world why the governor is against me in the next interview. I will also tell you the crime rate before I came to Rivers and what the situation is now.”
The police commissioner also suggested Mr. Amaechi was power-hungry and had tried unsuccessfully to usurp his role as chairman of internal security meetings in the state.