The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has directed the shifting of the enforcement order on the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to Politicians, VIPs and prominent Nigerians to April 20th 2018.
The earlier order which was announced on March 19th 2018, was to have taken immediate effect.
While directing the return of officers already withdrawn to their postings, the IGP said the new date is to enable the Force carry out a thorough assessment of the current deployment and ensure appropriate withdrawal.
The shift in date of enforcement was made known after the IGPs meeting with the Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Special Protection Unit (SPU) on the 20th March, 2018.
A statement by ACP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, nated that “IGP Idris has graciously shifted the enforcement/implementation of the withdrawal of Police Officers attached to Political and Public Office Holders, VIPs, Public and Private Companies and other categories of enterprises and business outfits and corporate individuals throughout the country as earlier directed”.
It said, “The withdrawal will now take effect from the 20th of April, 2018, this is to enable the Force carry out a thorough assessment of the current deployment and carry out appropriate withdrawal.
The statement added that “The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations of the Force has been mandated by the IGP to direct all the Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in the States and Zonal Commands across the country to halt the withdrawal, revise and return those already withdrawn to their duty posts pending the new date of 20th of April, 2018.
“The Task Force Teams set up by the IGP at the Force Headquarters, the Force X – Squad and others set up by the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioner of Police at the Zonal and State Commands have equally been directed by the IGP to suspend the enforcement of the withdrawal with immediate effect pending the new date.
“For avoidance of doubt, members of the Public, Political and Public Office Holders, VIPs, Public and Private Companies and other categories of enterprises and business outfits and corporate individuals and other entities are to retain the Police Officers currently with them on deployment” it said.
“They may be provided after the expiration of the period, if found worthy from the Special Protection Unit of the Force but should apply for re-validation through the Commissioner of Police of the State they are domiciled before the expiration of the new date of 20th April, 2018” it added.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering” ACP Moshood said.
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