THE Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all policemen attached to Very Important Personalities (VIPs), political and public office holders in the country.
Idris gave the order at the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above on Monday in Abuja.
“A directive for the withdrawal of all police officers deployed to VIPs, political and public office holders, with immediate effect, is hereby given,” he said.
He said that the order became expedient in view of the current security challenges in the country, adding that it was aimed at enhancing effective and efficient policing of the country.
Idris said that the directive included business entrepreneurs, multinational companies as well corporate individuals.
The police boss said that a memo would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
He added that the approval would also serve as a guideline or template for the deployment of officers to VIPs, political and public office holders.
Idris said that a Task Force had been constituted at the Force Headquarters to ensure compliance with the directive while command commissioners would replicate same at their various commands.
He said that organisations and individuals that required services of the police and are found worthy would be considered by the Special Protection Unit ( SPU) of the force.
Idris explained further that this would be on application for re-validation through the state commissioners of police where they are resident.
“I am charging the commissioners of police with the responsibility of supervising such official deployment and thereby holding them accountable,” he said.
On the illegal use of siren and spy number plate, Idris directed all holders to return them to the Force Transport Officer ( FTO) in Abuja to apply for re-validation.
He said that a Task Force would be formed at the command levels by state commissioners of police to ensure compliance.
Idris said that when formed, the list of members of the task force would be forwarded to the DIG operations on March 31.
He said that criminals now take advantage of the situation to perpetrate heinous crimes across the country.
The police boss also warned individuals covering their vehicle number plate and using siren illegally to desist forthwith.