By James, Michael Igiri
It is no longer news the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday ordered the immediate
withdrawal of all Police orderlies attached to private individuals and companies.
Reactions have however trailed the directive as some are of the view that it was not the first time such
a directive had been issued, and at best, could only bring the incumbent Police Chief, up to speed with
his predecessors in one of the most recurring but ineffective police directives.
In an interview with Journalists, the Force Public Relations Officer, and newly promoted Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Moshood explained that the directive- which was with immediate
effect- was necessary at a time when the nation was facing serious security challenges and that the
entirety of police personnel has to be galvanised and mobilised in tackling such challenges.
He said, “The IG gave the directive during a meeting with all the Commissioners of Police, including
their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in all the different zones of the federation.
The directive is to be followed immediately and promptly by all commanding officers in order to
ensure full compliance.”
According to Mr Moshood, the directive means all policemen in the services of unauthorised persons
would be withdrawn immediately.
“Their is no doubt that the federal government has gazetted some certain category of political, and
government office holders entitled to have police protection. This set of people will not be affected,
especially those in the judiciary, from Magistrates to Judges; so also are members of the legislature,
Federal Ministers and appointees of the government.”
He however stated that those who have genuine security concerns especially victims of crimes or
those who have suffered one loss or the other in the hands of criminals, can access the use of security
personnel; but this would be subjected to a thorough assessment based on such needs.
While the Inspector General of Police, has set up a task-force to monitor and ensure compliance with
the directive in Abuja, some have alleged thesame monitoring will be difficult going down to areas,
and local governments in the different states of the federation where the grant of police protection
requests is seen generally seen as a ‘Cash-Cow’.
Mr Moshood was however of the opinion that the task of enforcing compliance with the IG’s directive
was not going to be difficult owing to the fact that apart from the team set up to monitor compliance
in the FCT, there were equally state equivalents that have been charged with monitoring same.
He stated that the low percentage of those who are under the gazette, and who have police protection
would make it a viable effort since other unauthorised persons are being stripped of police protection,
and such redistributed to other needs areas of security landscape based on strategic assessment. He
reiterated police resolve to secure the nation, thereby assuring the public of a successful
implementation of the directive.