Inspector general of police
The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mukan assumed office on Monday April 20, at the command headquarters as the 41st commissioner of police in the state.
His redeployment comes with much expectations from Rivers residents on how much he will clean the mess in the command.
There have been mixed claims over the reason for the redeployment of the former Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, to Force Headquarters as the Provost.
There are speculations in the state that it was the fallout of the face-off between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the Federal Government over the arrest and prosecution of Carverton Helicopter Pilots, and the detention of 22 ExxonMobil staff.
Other Critics hinged it on the heat the media and Civil Society Organizations have mounted over the manner the former commissioner of police handled the killing of Chima Ikwunado by men of his command.
There have been calls for the redeployment of all Divisional Police Officers and the rank and file in the command that have spent over 10 years in a particular division.
Recall that Chima Ikwunado, a Motor Mechanic at the Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Market in Port Harcourt, was alleged to have died in December 2019 under the extreme torture in the hands of the E-Crack Squad at the Mile one Police Division in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Mustapha Dandaura was accused by members of Ikoku motor spare parts dealers of perverting justice, by shielding the alleged perpetrators of the said torture.
Chairman of the Traders Association, Chief Wanton Arebele, hoped that the Association will get justice from the new police boss on the death of Chima and the four survivors.
“We are hopeful that the new commissioner will revisit the murder of Chima and ensure that those involved are brought to book”, he declared.
Gov. Wike of river state
Handling the murder case amongst others similar matters in a manner that justice will be seen done will be a litmus test for the new commissioner of police who is coming in to inherit a police command that analysts said is fast losing public trust, because of the seeming unprofessional behaviour of the officers and men.
Personnel of the command are being criticized further for undue harassment, extortion, and illegal arrest and detention of law abiding citizens. Rivers state Residents have urged Mr. Mukan to be forthright in crime fighting and protection of lives and property by shunning partisan policing.
It is expedient for the new commissioner to put an end to the alleged collection of money from motorists in the state and at the state boundaries to allow them entry into the state.
Again there are fears that such criminal act, if not checked, may sabotage the efforts of Rivers State government in fighting the spread of coronavirus in the state. THE END.