In the wake of the security challenges facing the nation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs), including political and public office holders nationwide.
The police chief gave the order at the monthly meeting with commissioners of police in Abuja.
Idris stated that the directive also affected private businessmen, multi-national companies and other corporate organizations who are enjoying special police protection.
He said the order became expedient in view of the current security challenges in the country, adding that it was aimed at enhancing effective and efficient policing of the country.
The police IG said a memo would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
“In view of the current security challenges in the country, it has become expedient for the Nigeria Police Force 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 VIPs, 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,” he stated.
Idris, however, explained that businessmen, corporate organisations and individuals who required special police protection and “are found worthy,” would be considered by the Special Protection Unit of the force on application for re-validation through the state Commissioners of Police where they are resident.
“By so doing, I am charging the Commissioners of Police with the responsibility of supervising such official deployment and thereby holding them accountable,” the police chief informed his audience consisting of senior police officers.