IG suspends police deployment to VIPs

The IGP also ordered the regularization and standardization of police personnel deployed to political and public office holders.


He  said in view of the current security challenges in the country, “It has become expedient for the Police to streamline the deployment of its personnel attached to political and public office holders, aimed at enhancing effective and efficient policing of the country. 

“To this effect, a memo will be forwarded to the President for approval which will serve as a guideline or template for deployment to VIP, Political and Public office holders in the country. 


“Accordingly, a directive for withdrawal of all police officers deployed to VIPs, political and public office holders, with immediate effect, is hereby given.

“This directive includes business entrepreneurs, Multi-National companies as well as corporate individuals.”

Idris said a Task Force has been constituted at the Force Headquarters under the Command of ACP Mohammad Adamu Dankwara to ensure compliance to the directive, while CPs are to replicate same at their various Commands.

He said, “Business entrepreneurs, multi-national organizations, corporate individuals and entities that require such services and are found to be worthy will be considered for the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the NPF on application for re-validation through the states CPs, where they are resident or domiciled.”

He said the CPs are to profile and recommend if such applicants merit the services for approval. 

Orders Rivers CP to write Wike over ‘Safety Corps Bill’

The IGP also ordered the Commissioner of Police (CP) Zaki Ahmed, Rivers State, to write the Government of Rivers State over a recent security bill passed by the State House of Assembly.

He said, “If you look at section 214 of the Constitution the CPs in states Commands have the supervisory role over the policemen there, and all activities affiliated to security is their responsibility.”

He stated that when a state is going to pass any local law to establish any neighbourhood watch, police input into that law was needed.

He said without any input of the police into the draft of the law, the bill may not have passed all legal parameters.

Idris ordered the CP to write the governor, to know the details of the law and see that it conforms to all laws in the country.

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