Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris, announced Wednesday that the force would no longer deploy personnel of the Police Mobile Force to protect individuals.
“Therefore, in line with these responsibilities, it will be against force policy to deploy police mobile force personnel to guard individuals or fragment their personnel into smaller units.
“The Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit and the Counter Terrorism Unit are currently undergoing reorganisation and restructuring in accordance with their responsibilities. Hence in order to enhance the capability of the SPU personnel, they would be stationed in all police commands as against zonal commands.”
However, he said there are plans to replace mobile force personnel with special protection personnel to takeover the responsibility of guarding important personalities.
Stating the importance of providing adequate training and resources to the country’s police unit, the IG, said the force has proposed the establishment of a Police SPU training school for enhanced service delivery as well as seek the support of the Nigerian Navy to establish a marine police training school in Bayelsa to enable the police to dominate the creeks of Niger Delta region.
These measures, Idris said, would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the police and address the major security challenges in the country.
He reminded the police commanders of the core values of integrity, accountability, and respect for diversity and advised them to operate within the concept of democratic policing to be responsive to the yearnings of the citizens.
Therefore he stated thus;
“Any violation of these measures would be punished by the police management. In the coming days, we are going to start looking closely at our officers to ensure that they carry out these measures being put in place by the senior police management.”