Withdrawal Of PMF Personnel From VIPs Cannot Be Reversed – IGP Egbetokun

IGP Kayode Egbetokun, the Inspector General of Police, has insisted that the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel from VIPs cannot be reversed.
The IGP was responding to recent reports that the PMF reform program would be reversed and his decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from key figures.
ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, the force’s spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday that the decision to remove PMF personnel from escort and guard duties remains solid and that “there will be no going back on this critical policy change.”
He stated that the withdrawal process has already commenced with a comprehensive report, which has been submitted by the constituted committee assigned to oversee the seamless implementation of this directive.
According to Adejobi, the IGP has activated the mobilization process for establishing the Police Quick Intervention Squad, which precedes the withdrawal policy.
The Force spokesman reiterated that the decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP duties is part of ongoing efforts to optimize the allocation of resources and enhance the efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force in its core mandate of safeguarding the lives and properties of all citizens.
“While poised to ensure a smooth transition, the Nigeria Police Force is committed to providing adequate security arrangements for VIPs who are entitled to such protection. Meanwhile, the Force will carefully consider the provisions of Sections 23 to 25 of the Police Act 2020 in recruiting more supernumerary officers, to handle VIP security responsibilities. No VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected as a result of the new policy.
“The Inspector-General of Police remains resolute in his pursuit of reforms and initiatives that will enhance the professionalism and public trust in the Nigeria Police Force. The decision to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIPs is driven by the need to create a more robust, efficient, and people-centered police force that caters to the security needs of all citizens equally. The IGP, therefore, urges the public and all stakeholders to support and cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force during this transition period to strengthen the security apparatus and create a safer environment for everyone to thrive,” the statement read.
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