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Mbu challenges retirement, demands DIG rank

Mbu challenges retirement, demands DIG rank

Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Mbu

The Police Service Commission (PSC) is set to consider a plea by a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, over alleged forceful retirement from Service. Mbu and 20 other AIGs were, on July 1, 2016, asked to proceed on retirement, by the Police Service Commission.

As at the time of his exit from the Police Force, Mbu still had about two years to clock the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. Consequent upon the July 1, 2016 development, Mbu has petitioned the PSC, demanding his promotion to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG).

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In a petition dated April 25, 2017, and addressed to the PSC’s Chairman, Sir Mike Okiro, Mbu, through his solicitors, Justice Gate, is predicating his demand on the plank that he was never served a notice of statutory retirement, as required by extant laws.

The former AIG in charge of Zone 2, Lagos, alleged in the petition exclusively obtained by New Telegraph, that he was relieved of his duty via a “press release”. This was as he further alleged that he was yet to receive any pay in lieu of the termination of his employment.

Part of the petition reads: “That he (Mbu) was unceremoniously relieved of his duty via a press release on 1st day of July, 2016. “That he was not served with any statutory notice terminating his appointment.

“That he was not served with any letter of retirement and he is not due for retirement until April 2018. “That at the time he was relieved of his duty, he was and is due for promotion to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police.” The petition was duly acknowledged as received by the “Hon. Chairman Police Service Commission” on April 25.

Though, Mbu’s retire ment followed the appointment of his junior, then AIG Ibrahim Idris as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), many had argued that it was a waste of manpower, to retire the 21 AIGs. For instance, when Mr. Hafiz Ringim was appointed as IGP, two DIGs – Mrs. Ivy Okoronkwo and another – who were his seniors, were allowed to stay on.

It will be recalled that, as a Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Rivers State Command, Mbu had had a running battle with then Governor of the oil-rich state and now Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

Many had argued then, that a statement Mbu made while handing over as CP in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was a veiled reference to that stormy relationship. He was quoted as saying then: “It is only lion that can tame leopard. Each time the leopard remembers my face, it makes noise, but if it knows I am around, it cannot make noise. A lion is a lion.’’

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