NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AFFIRMS SECURITY COMMITMENT TO LEGALLY ENTITLED VIPs
The Nigeria Police Force, through its spokesperson CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has provided a comprehensive clarification regarding its stance on furnishing security details to VIPs entitled by law. Emphasizing a commitment to retain security for VIPs with legal entitlements, the statement underscores the continuity of specialized police escorts for individuals through alternative units within the Force, specifically the Special Protection Unit.
Conversely, individuals lacking the legal criteria for VIP security details will be subject to a rigorous screening process, ensuring thorough assessment of their applications as needed. The clarification aims to dispel any misunderstandings and specifically emphasizes that the withdrawal of Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel should not be misconstrued as a sweeping prohibition on all Police Officers providing VIP escort services. This directive is intricately tied to PMF personnel, a distinct unit within the broader Police Force.
IGP Kayode Egbetokun's directive to withdraw PMF personnel from Specialized Escort and Guard Services for VIPs has triggered misconceptions, prompting the necessity for clear clarifications. The Force emphasizes that, at no point, was there an intention to strip VIPs, who are legally and statutorily entitled to police escorts, of their security details. Instead, the objective is to reassign the withdrawn PMF personnel to the newly established Special Intervention Squad.
For individuals genuinely in need of specialized police escorts, the statement assures that this crucial service will persist through other units, such as the Special Protection Unit. However, strict scrutiny awaits individuals who do not meet the legal framework for VIP security details, with their applications meticulously assessed for consideration, if necessary.
To eliminate potential misunderstandings, it is crucial to highlight that the withdrawal of Police Mobile Force personnel does not constitute a broad prohibition on all police officers from providing VIP escort services. This withdrawal specifically pertains to PMF personnel, a singular unit within the expansive Police Force.
The statement concludes with an encouragement for thorough reading of the complete press statements, emphasizing the importance of avoiding whimsical interpretations and the spread of distorted information. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the matter, the public is urged to review press releases dated June 29, 2023, July 10, 2023, and July 23, 2023, which provide a clear and accurate perspective on this directive.