Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has vowed to go ahead with the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel from certain important personalities, otherwise known as Very Important Personalities (VIP).
A statement today, July 24, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, quoted the IGP as saying that the decision to withdraw the Police Mobile Force personnel from escort and guard duties is part of ongoing efforts to optimize 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.
“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 Police Mobile Force personnel from VIPs is driven by the need to create a more robust, efficient, and people-centered police force that caters to the security needs of all citizens equally.”
The statement which said that the withdrawal process has already commenced with a comprehensive report that had been submitted by the constituted committee assigned to oversee the seamless implementation of this directive, said that the IGP has activated the mobilization process for the establishment of the Police Quick Intervention Squad which precedes the withdrawal policy.
It said that just as the Nigeria Police Force is determined to ensure a smooth transition, it would remain 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 as a result of the new policy.
The police boss called on members of the public and all stakeholders to support and cooperate with the Force during this transition period to strengthen the security apparatus and create a safer environment for everyone to thrive.