IGP commences withdrawal of Police aides, reaffirms decision

Ikenna Okafor

The acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun has reaffirmed the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIPs while also confirming that the process has commenced.

Last week, the news of the withdrawal was widely reported in the media but the Nigeria Police came out to debunk it through the

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, issued a statement in Abuja.

“The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) wishes to address the ambiguity surrounding a signal that has been in circulation on social media, purportedly originating from MOPOL 45 FHQ ABJ, ordering the removal of police aides from certain top politicians and their relatives. The Police hereby unequivocally clarify that the signal is fake and did not emanate from the NPF or any of its formations.

However, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Nigerian Police said it will not reverse the policy and the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force from certain important personalities.

According to CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, ” The withdrawal process has already commenced with a comprehensive report which has been submitted by the constituted committee assigned to oversee the seamless implementation of this process”

He stated further, “The decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIPs is driven by the need to create a more robust, efficient, and people-centred police force that caters to the security needs of all citizens equally.

“The IGP, therefore, urges the public and all stakeholders to support and cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force during this transition period to strengthen the security apparatus and create a safer environment for everyone to thrive.”

The development, he said, was to allow the police to take back its place in the “internal security architecture” of the country