The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Olukayode Egbetokun, has kept to his words of withdrawing personnel of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, from VIPs escort and guard duties….[Continue Reading]
In a police citrep (wireless message) dated July 12 sited by this newspaper, six former governors, immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, six former ministers, two senators, one House of Reps member, Mamman Daura, the infamous and powerful nephew of former President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Women Leader, Betta Edu and a former Clerk to the National Assembly.
In the wireless message with reference CB: 4001/DOPS/45MPF/FHQ/ABJ/VOL. 15/353 addressed to 12 senior mobile police officers, they were “directed to withdraw all personnel attached to the under listed politicians.”
Those listed include Ikedi Ohakim and Rochas Okorocha, former governors of Imo state, Adamu Muazu, former governor of Bauchi state, Senator Gbenga Daniel and Bello Matawalle, former governors of Ogun and Zamfara states, respectively.
Others are: Former Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, former Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, former Minister of State, Power, Jeddy Agba, former Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, former Minister of State, Science and Technology, Adeleke Mamora, former Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, as well as former chairman of Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda and his counterpart in the House of Reps, Rabiu Lawan.
The police directive also stripped former National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Senator Stephen Odey, and an unnamed brother of Aisha Buhari of their police escorts.
On June 26, the Acting IGP at a conference with the Police Tactical Commanders said the force would re-evaluate the responsibilities of the PMF to ensure their effective utilisation.
“Specifically, we shall effect the withdrawal of PMF personnel from VIP escort and guard duties. While the protection of dignitaries remains paramount, it is imperative that we realign our priorities to address the escalating security challenges faced by the nation as a whole.
“By relieving the PMF of VIP escort and guard duties, we can redirect their focus and efforts toward addressing critical security concerns that affect our communities at large,” he said….[Continue Reading]