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I’M LEAVING THE POLICE FORCE WITH MY SHOULDERS HIGH, SAYS MBU

Recently retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, on Saturday said he was retiring from the Nigeria Police Force as a fulfilled officer because he was privileged to head various formations and commands in the force, adding: “I am leaving the Police Force with my shoulders and head high.”
Mbu, who was honoured with a colourful pulling-out ceremony at Police Staff College, Jos, said: “I am proud to be a policeman, and to retire as a policeman. And if there is reincarnation, I make bold to say I will still be a policeman.”

He recalled: “In December 1985, we passed out from this same Police Staff College as cadets, before the establishment of the Police Academy Permanent site in Kano.
“Today is the time to dance; a day of fulfilment for me because we started the journey in January 1985 with 96 officers, and as at June 30, 2016, we were 48 left. Some are presently Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP), some Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) and others Commissioners of Police (CP). By God’s grace and mercy, I am retiring in the IGP category in good health.
“I am leaving the Police Staff College, Jos, ten times better than I met it on October 5th 2015.
“I want to appreciate my bosses, IGPs Ogbonnaya Onovo and Mohammed Abubakar for their mentorship and continuous support throughout my career. I also want to use this opportunity to urge senior officers to take the welfare of their subordinates seriously and give them words of encouragement.
“I urge Police officers all over Nigeria to love one another; how can you be disliked outside and inside too?”
“Avoid petty jealously and witch-hunt, there is a difference between being strict and being wicked, Superiors should look for the best in their subordinates and use it.”
He has a word of advice for the media, which constantly criticised his days as Rivers Commissioner of Police.
Mbu said: “To the Nigerian media and people, please, stop visiting the sins of an erring policeman on the entire force.
“See the police as partners in progress and encourage them to do their jobs effectively. Be interested in their working conditions and environments.”
Mbu said he would return to cocoa farming in his home state, Cross Rivers.
“I come from the cocoa producing area in Cross River State. We are very rich. In 1980 when I was going to the university I took $3,000. Then it was two naira to a dollar.
“I have acres of cocoa farm plus the ones my father left. So, I want to go and concentrate on them.
“I now have time to secure all the cocoa farms, plant cassava, watermelon, palms and plantain. There are alot of things to do and our soil is very fertile.”
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