Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, the controversial police chief, was among the 18 Commissioners of Police elevated to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, on Wednesday. The promotion of Mbu, incumbent Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, was announced in a statement signed by Ferdinand U. Ekpe, spokesperson for Police Service Commission on Wednesday. Commissioners of police elevated to the rank of AIG include Ambrose O. Aisibor, Adebayo Ajileye, Umaru Abubakar Manko, Joel Kayode Theophilus, Wilfred Eje Obute, Felix Osita Uyanna, A. J. Abakasanga, and Jubril Olawale Adeniji. The others are Ibrahim M. Maishanu, Godfrey E. Okeke, Chintua Amajor-Onu, Lawal Tanko, Usman Akila Gwarry, Kalafite Helen Adeyemi, Yahaya Garba Ardo, Irimiya F. Yerima, Olufemi A. Adenaike and Patrick Dey Dokumor. Ekpe said all the appointments will take effect from August 20, 2014. He added statement that the promotions became necessary in order to fill the vacancies created by recent retirements and promotions in the police. According to him, the promotions would serve to re-invigorate and re position zonal police commands headed by AIGS in order to help tackle the country’s current security challenges. Mbu gained national prominence, following what many regarded as his partisan stance in the face-off between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan when he Police Commissioner of Rivers State. Many had regarded him as a tool in the hands of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, who were battling to remove the Rivers State Governor from office. Mbu, not long ago, banned protesters campaigning for the safe release of the kidnapped Chibok girls, as well as other forms of protest within the FCT. He was however overruled by out-gone Inspector General of Police Muhammed Abubakar following protests from civil society groups and other Nigerians.