Police: Why We Stopped Teachers’ Gathering in Port Harcourt. • Mbu is telling lies, says Rivers govt

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, has said his men dispersed the teachers recruited by the state government, who had gathered at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt on Wednesday because they were hired to disrupt the peace in the state.
Mbu, during a media briefing in Port Harcourt yesterday, said he had to act on the security report that the teachers had been handed placards with which to march along the streets of Port Harcourt in protest against President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said contrary to the impression given by the state government that there were 13,000 teachers, the people that gathered at the stadium were 18,000.
The police commissioner displayed some placards that were allegedly recovered from the crowd at the stadium. Some of the mutilated placards he displayed had inscriptions that read: Amaechi for Vice President 2015; North for president, Amaechi for VP; It is time for the North.
According to him, “The truth is that the government of the state is trying to keep the Police perpetually at work distracting us. Those newly employed teachers in quote were hired youths. They were hired to carry placards and protest against the President of the country.
“I am here to show you the placards. They were called to go there. In all, they did not invite the police; nobody invited the Police. My informant called me and said that they were not called to be given letters but were given cardboards to protest against Jonathan. They tore these things into pieces (holding the alleged placards) we put them together. As a commissioner of police whose ears are on the ground, I will always abort such gatherings.”
But in reaction to the statement by Mbu, the state government insisted that the people that gathered at the stadium were newly recruited teachers, who converged on the stadium to collect their letters of posting.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Tony Okocha, said the state police command was fabricating lies against the state government.
The statement read: “The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to allegations of gross impropriety leveled against it by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, to the effect that 13,000 newly employed teachers were hired touts and miscreants engaged to embark on protest in Port Harcourt the state capital.
“In a media briefing addressed by the Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, he displayed placards allegedly carried by the 13,000 teachers whom he described as miscreants.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Government do not have to bandy words with the state police command whose stock-in-trade is to fabricate lies at every instance to justify its nefarious actions.
“Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu and indeed the state police command are known to be pathological liars. The case of Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, the Dean of the Anglican Church, whom they claimed to have secured his release from his abductors is a ready example.
“Mbu is a bad taste and we urge Rivers people not to be distracted by his many deafening lies.
“For the records, the 13,000 teachers converged on the Liberation Stadium, Elekahia to collect their letters of posting to their various duty posts.  This fact can be verified by any objective mind.”