IGP orders immediate withdrawal of officers from VIPs

March 19th, 2018
ByA�Hassan Zaggi
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has directed the immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to Very Important Personalities (VIPs), public servants and other political office holders in the country.
This is even as the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of Rivers State to critically study the law establishing the Neighbourhood Safety Corps recently signed into law by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to ensure that it conforms to the constitution.
The IGP gave the directive at a meeting with top police officers including Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and others in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the IGP: a�?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 men attached to political and public office holders aimed at enhancingA�effective policing of the country.
a�?To this effect, a memo will be sent to the office of the Commander-in-Chief for approval to serve as a guideline and template for the deployment of police to VIPs and public office holders in the country.
a�?Accordingly, a directive for the withdrawal of all police officers attached to VIPs, political and public office holders will be implemented with immediate effect.
a�?This directive includes business entrepreneurs, multinational companies as well as corporate individuals.
a�?A task force has been instituted at the Force Headquarters under the command of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, to ensure compliance to this directive. The command Commissioners of Police will replicate same in their various commands.a�?
The IGP, however, said that: a�?Business entrepreneurs, multi-national organisations, corporate individuals and entities that require such services will be considered through an application to the state commissioner of police where the businesses are domicile. The commissioners of police are to profile and recommend such applicants and the kind of services they are requesting.a�?
Reacting to the law recently signed by the Rivers State Government for the establishment of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps,A�the IGP directed the CP in charge of Rivers state to study the law and ensure that it did not conflict with the constitution.
a�?You were supposed to see the draft bill before it became a law. You have to meet with the governor and see the details of that law and make sure that it conforms to the law,a�? the IGP stressed.
Explaining the situation of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the CP in charge of Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed,A�noted that he does not have full details of the law, stressing that it has not been implemented.
a�?Recently the Rivers State House of Assembly passed a Bill into law and sent it to the governor for the creation of a Neighbourhood Watch and the governor has signed it. It is in its formative stage, it has not been implemented yet. It is like a vigilance group. We are studying it, we dona��t have the details of the law,a�? the CP said.

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