The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has suspended by one month, the withdrawal of policemen attached to VIPs across the country.
The suspension of the order, which was billed to be immediate, when announced on Monday, followed Idris’ meeting with the Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Special Protection Unit (SPU).
According to Vanguard Newspaper, the meeting was held on 20 March. But a day before the earlier announcement, Idris also had met with state police commissioners and assistant inspectors-general at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, explained the twist in Idris’ order.
“IGP Idris has graciously shifted the enforcement/implementation of the withdrawal of Police Officers attached to Political and Public Office Holders, VIPs, Public and Private Companies and other categories of enterprises and business outfits and corporate individuals throughout the country as earlier directed”, said Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesman.
“The withdrawal will now take effect from the 20th of April, 2018. This is to enable the Force carry out a thorough assessment of the current deployment and carry out appropriate withdrawal.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of lives and property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering”, Moshood said.