*Says he is in Rivers to protect everyone
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Executive Secretary, Prof. Bem Angwe has stated that the petition of Governor Rotimi Amaechi will be fully investigated, saying that the commission will check the culture of impunity in the country.
He spoke when the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu visited the NHRC for questioning on Thursday.
He said that the invitation to Police Commissioner was in furtherance of a petition written by Governor Amaechi alleging that the Police Commissioner was undermining the human rights of the people.
The Executive Secretary said that: ““Your coming here today is a quest by this commission to give fair hearing to all sides so as to have the opportunity of coming to a very fair determination of the matter .“Basically, it’s as a result of the crisis in Rivers that the commission asked you to come because the subject matter is of public interest and the commission is investigating today.“Thus, as the law requires, there should be a very cardinal principle of the rule of law which holds that there should be fair hearing in all cases.“Nobody has the immunity for violating the rights of the people, therefore this commission will investigate and take its decision against any human right violation. “
In his remarks, the Police Commissioner stated that he is doing his job professionally and focused them on proving all round security for the residents of Rivers State irrespective of their inclination.
“I am just carrying out my duties, the press is over blowing the issues in Rivers State, we are working with the governor amicably.“But one thing is clear, the enemies of the government are not my enemies.“I am a police officer; an umpire, my job is to make sure I protect everybody who is in the state and that is my professional calling and I stand by it,” he said.
Mbu said that he has never communicated with the President, pointing out that whatever directives from the Inspector General of Police. He said his phone log will clearly prove the his assertion.
Senate rebuffs Saraki’s attempt to block President Jonathan’s nominee
Like on Wednesday, two senators from Kwara State attempted to block the confirmation of a nominee of President Goodluck Jonathan, but they were roundly defeated by majority of the senators, who insisted that local politics should not be brought on the floor of the Senate.
Former Kwara State Governor, Senator Bukola Saraki led the charge to block the nomination of the chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Prof Shuaib Abdulraheem for a second term as chairman. Ironically, it was Saraki as Governor who nominated Prof. Abdulraheem for his first tenure.
However, with Saraki defecting to the APC, he sent word to the Senate that the Professor was not qualified to hold the position.
His position was the promoted by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume who urged his colleagues to respect the wishes of the Kwara senators.
Majority of the senators shoved aside the minority leader and the Kwara senators, as they stressed that any qualified Nigeriaan must not be shut out.
Senate President, David Mark said that the Senate will never allow anyone to bring local politics to the floor of the Senate.
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba said that nobody would be allowed to sacrifice merit on the altar of politics,
Senator Abdul Ningi described the re-nominated chairman of the Federal Character Commission is a de-trabilised Nigerian who has carefully contributed to the development of the nation