Juliana Francis

The Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi today clarified that the decision to withdraw the Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel from escort and guard duties stands firm, stressing that there will be no going back on this critical policy change.

It will be recalled that the decision to withdraw Mopol personnel from VIPs was taken by the Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun after he was appointed in an acting capacity.

According to Adejobi, the withdrawal process has already commenced with a comprehensive report submitted by the constituted committee assigned to oversee the seamless implementation of this directive.

He added that the IGP has activated the mobilization process for establishing the Police Quick Intervention Squad which precedes the withdrawal policy.

He noted that the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP duties is part of ongoing efforts to optimize 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.

He further stated: “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.

“Meanwhile, the Force will carefully consider the provisions of Sections 23 to 25 of the Police Act 2020, in recruiting more supernumerary officers, to handle VIP security responsibilities. No VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected as a result of the new policy.

“The IGP remains resolute in his pursuit of reforms and initiatives that will enhance the professionalism and public trust in the Nigeria Police Force. The decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIPs is driven by the need to create a more robust, efficient, and people-centered 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.”



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