My men’ll kill in self defence, Mbu insists

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The Assistant Inspector-General of in charge of Zone 2, Lagos, Mr. Joseph Mbu, has said that there is no big deal in the number of people policemen under his command can kill in self-defence. He said since policemen were also human beings, they should be ready to take revenge on any violent group(s) that might attack them or other innocent citizens. Mbu spoke with some journalists in Olorunsogo, , during the inauguration of the Olorunsogo II Power Station by President Goodluck Jonathan. The journalists had approached the AIG, who led policemen to provide security for the President at the event, to clarify the controversial statement credited to him that 20 civilians would be hacked down for every policeman killed. “If one of my men is killed, I shall kill 20 of them, but don’t shoot first. they shoot you, shoot back in self-defence. Anybody who fires you, fire him back in self-defence,” Mbu had been quoted in the media to have told his men at the Ogun State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, during a recent visit. Mbu on Friday said the media account was mischievous and contrary to what he said in Abeokuta. He also said that he contemplated arresting the journalists who wrote the reports to show proof that he indeed said what was reported. Curiously, however, Mbu restated the media account he had tried to debunk. He said, “I still stand by what I said. And what I said is very clear: that if any violent group attacks my policemen, my policemen should attack them violently. “If any violent group attacks a law-abiding citizen in a bid to cause injury or cause harm, the police should repel and save that law-abiding citizen because we have the powers to do so. “If hoodlums or touts decide to be lawless; carrying knives, carrying illegal firearms and shooting at my policemen, if they shoot at my policemen and they are a hundred or 200, my policemen will not be looking at them. They will reply back in self-defence. “The number I kill is immaterial because a policeman is also a human being.” When asked if his strategy of fire-for-fire is the best way to handle the situation, Mbu answered, “Which other way do you think you can handle it? You will shoot at the police. Is it not when the person is alive that he is coming to give evidence? How will somebody who is violently attacking others be stopped; how are you going to stop him? Are you going to use your hands? You must repel him using a stronger force.” Culled from Punch


  1. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    February 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I support what he said . Go police!

  2. Anonymous

    February 23, 2015 at 7:13 am

    The Police do more harm than good this days.

  3. Grace Aigbokhae

    February 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

    If U say so Sir.

  4. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    February 23, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Self defence is not bad and is not crime. I support it

  5. Eunice Aigbokhae

    February 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

    No problem sir if u say so

  6. Sandra chinasa Deborah

    February 23, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Its good 2 retaliate immediately bt u guys shouldn’t waste 20 lives because of one policeman.

  7. Lucky

    February 23, 2015 at 8:02 am

    There is nothing wrong in defending oneself in a very critical
    circumstances.But for you to come out openly with this type of
    utterances isnt the best for a public figure like you.

  8. Anonymous

    February 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Oga, i knw know wu your mentor be, maybe na idin amin, or adolf hitler. This is a violent prone statement, police sabi do wetin dem no send them. If them ask u 4 shandi and you knw give, shooting straight. Then them go tel u say na self defence, and them sabi support each other. Mbu, try go america, go learn police-citizenry relations. U nid am 4 yur mumu/archaic mentality.

  9. Louis Offor

    February 23, 2015 at 8:41 am

    This man always leaves a lot of distaste and disharmony each time he opens his “gutter” to chant these war mantra. Oga, i’m often left pondering, how you came to even merit that exalted position in the Police Force…of course through force and brutality.

  10. Louis Offor

    February 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    This man always leaves a lot of distaste and disharmony each time he opens his “gutter” to chant these war mantra. He needs to learn how to address the press in a very humanely manner. Oga, i’m often left pondering, how you came to even merit that exalted position in the Police Force…of course through savage brutality and force.

  11. tyra bello

    February 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hmmmm…. comment reserved #SipsFanta

  12. Ndubuisi Oscar

    February 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Will an elder sit down at home and watch a goat deliver in tether? Can a police man holding a gun, fold his hands and watches an armed robbers or hoodlums to kill him? Answer the question and stop saying the man is saying rubbish.

  13. Tunde Alashe

    February 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    For goodness and Godly sake see what become the fate of a lawless country where every one individual and organizations seeks power and authority with all means available. Nigerian Police Force whose primary responsibilities were security of LIFE and PROPERTY has decided to standardize police operations. above the citizen due of alliagence and their stewardship. Can someone tell Joseph Mbu this is Lagos not Porthacourt where you go scotfree with anything done.

  14. Ability ifeanyi

    February 24, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Mbu i support you when it comes for self defence,if in any means any violent group attack you people please don’t fold your hands in the name that you are fighting for peace and allow them to eliminate you.if they fire you one shut,respond wich three thats all but don’t use your power to search for trouble.