Kayode Egbetokun
The Acting Inspector-General Of Police, Kayode Egbetokun

VIP Protection: Police Not Going Back On Withdrawal Of Mobile Operatives

9 months ago
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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it will deploy the services of supernumerary officers for VIP protection as its decision to withdraw Mobile Police operatives from VIPs is irreversible.
In a statement on Monday by the police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police assured that consideration will be given to the recruitment of more supernumerary officers to ensure that no VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected by the new policy of withdrawal of Mobile Police operatives.
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby addresses recent news circulating regarding the possible reversal of the PMF policy and decision of acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from certain important personalities. The Force wishes to clarify that the decision to withdraw PMF personnel from escort and guard duties stands firm. There will be no going back on this critical policy change.”
Emphasising the seriousness of the decision, he said, “The withdrawal process has already commenced with a comprehensive report, which has been submitted by the constituted committee assigned to oversee the seamless implementation of this directive; and the IGP has activated the mobilisation process for the establishment of the Police Quick Intervention Squad which precedes the withdrawal policy. We’ll Review Deployment Of Policemen To VIPs – Force PRO
“The decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP duties is part of ongoing efforts to optimise the allocation of resources and enhance the efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force in its core mandate of safeguarding the lives and properties of all citizens.
“While poised to ensure a smooth transition, the Nigeria Police Force is committed to providing adequate security arrangements for VIPs who are entitled to such protection.
“Meanwhile, the Force will carefully consider the provisions of Sections 23  to 25 of the Police Act 2020, in recruiting more supernumerary officers to handle VIP security responsibilities. No VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected by the new policy.”
He said the acting IGP has urged the public and stakeholders to support and cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force during this transition period to strengthen the security apparatus and create a safer environment for everyone to thrive.
“The Inspector-General of Police remains resolute in his pursuit of reforms and initiatives that will enhance the professionalism and public trust in the Nigeria Police Force. The decision to withdraw Mobile Police Force personnel from VIPs is driven by the need to create a more robust, efficient and people-centred police force that caters for all citizens’ security needs equally.”
The statement by the Police comes on the heels of a purported denial of withdrawing Mobile Police operatives from VIPs.


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