‘Lion’ egbetokun, inspector general of police orders withdrawal of police personnel from influential Nigerians

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun, has ordered withdrawal of personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) as escort and guards for influential Nigerians, declaring that the police personnel will be directed towards addressing critical security concerns that affect local communities at large.

 Penpushing reports that the number one police officer in the country who had declared that he would carry out his operations as a lion ready to kill enemies, made this known on Monday in Abuja at a conference with the Police Tactical Commanders held in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Inspector General disclosed that the force would re-evaluate the responsibilities of the Police Mobile Force(PMF) to ensure their effective utilization, while noting that protection of dignitaries remains paramount, he stated that it was imperative for the force to realign its priorities to address escalating security challenges in the country

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“Specifically, we shall effect the withdrawal of PMF personnel from VIP escort and guard duties. While the protection of dignitaries’ remains paramount, it is imperative that we realign our priorities to address the escalating security challenges faced by the nation as a whole’, he said.

‘By relieving the PMF of VIP escort and guard duties, we can redirect their focus and efforts toward addressing critical security concerns that affect our communities at large,”the inspector general of police added.

Penpushing further reports that Egbetokun explained that a special committee headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations had been set up to assess and advise on how the strategy could be implemented seamlessly.

The police boss said the committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks after which further details will be made available, emphasizing that the focus of the police would be to enforce the law and be partners in creating safe communities and nurturing an environment where everyone would feel protected and valued.

‘To support the foregoing strategic plan and make needed manpower available for frontline duties, the withdrawn PMF officers will be replaced by officers of the Special Protection Unit (SPU) only where necessary’.

‘To ensure the smooth implementation of this policy, we will, in consultation with the Police Service Commission, invoke the Supernumerary provision of Sections 23, 24 and 25 of the Police Act 2020. The Act allows the police to train supernumerary officers specifically for the personal protection duties of individual Nigerians who require their services,” he added.

Penpushing also reports that Egbetokun explained that details of the strategic plan would be made available in the weeks and months ahead, adding that the force would ensure that the policy was implemented strictly in accordance with best practices.

The Inspector General of Police said this will free up regular police officers to focus more on frontline policing duties across the nation, stating that the proposed operational strategies was aimed at fostering trust, cooperation and confidence within the Police Force.

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