Planned mobile police withdrawal from VIPs stands – Adejobi

The Nigeria Police Force says there is no going back on its decision to withdraw mobile police personnel from VIPs in the country.

This is coming a week after the Force denied withdrawing mobile police force from top personalities in the country after a leaked memo stated so.

In the aftermath of the denial, there were insinuations in some quarters that the police lacked the will to implement the policy.

However, reacting in a statement on Monday, the Force Spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the decision of the police on the withdrawal remained unchanged.

 “The Nigeria Police Force hereby addresses recent news circulating regarding the possible reversal of the PMF reform policy and the 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,” Adejobi said.

He added that the withdrawal process had started with a report by the committee set up on the implementation of the policy.

 “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,” the police spokesman added.

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