Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons across the country with immediate effect.
The IGP, however, directed that those attached to Government Houses, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila be exempted from the directives.
He sent the orders via a Wireless Message addressed virtually to all Zonal AIGs and all state Commissioners of Police with signal number and reference number: DTO210900/19/2020 and CB:4001/DOPS/SPU/FHQ/ABU/VOL./ORDER AND DIRECTIVES respectively.
The order noted, “Any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences.”
The signal, which was signed by the AIPOL, Protect, Force Headquarters, Abuja, read in part, “Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without a firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”
It further directed the affected personnel to report to their respective command Commissioners of Police.