The Police IG, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons (VIP) across the country with immediate effect.
The IGP, made exemptions to those attached to Government Houses, the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representatives, from the order.
This came 11 days after the authorities disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS), following protests against the squad for gross-misconduct and extrajudicial killings. According to reports that Adamu’s predecessors had also issued similar directives that were not fully complied with. The latest directive was contained in a police signal message dated October 21, 2020, addressed to all state Commissioners of Police.
The wireless signal with reference number, CB:4001/DOPS/SPU/FHQ/ABU/VOL./ORDER AND DIRECTIVES, said, “any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences.”
The signal, which was signed by the AIPOL, Protect, Force Headquarters, Abuja, says in part that, “Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without a firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”
It further instructed the affected personnel to report to their respective command Commissioner of Police.