By James, Michael Igiri
Following a resolve to do an assessment of Police personnel deployment in the
nation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has temporarily suspended,
the withdrawal of policemen attached to Very-Important- Persons (VIPs).
A statement delivered in Abuja, by the Force Public Relations Officer, and Assistant
Police Commissioner, Jimoh Moshood, the IG stated that the decision to suspend
the withdrawal by one month was taken after a meeting with the Commanders of
Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism and Special Protection Units on Tuesday.
He revealed that the withdrawal would now take effect from April 20, 2018. The
“The withdrawal will now take effect from April 20, this is to enable the Force to carry
out a thorough assessment of the current deployment and carry out appropriate
“Meanwhile, the IG has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations,
to direct all the Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-
General of Police in the states and zonal commands to halt the withdrawal, revise
and return those already withdrawn to their duty posts pending the new date of April
It added that the Task Force Teams set up by the IG at the Force Headquarters, the
Force X – Squad and others set up by the AIGs and CPs, have equally been
directed by Idris to suspend the enforcement of the withdrawal with immediate effect
pending the new date.
The statement further revealed that, “Members of the public, political and political
office holders, including VIPs and other categories of enterprises and corporate
individuals and other entities are to retain the police officers currently with them on
The force pointed out that those enjoying police protection may be provided
personnel at the expiration of the period, from the Special Protection Unit of the
It asked interested persons or organisations to apply for re-validation through the
CPs of the states where they are resident before April 20.