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NPF Stands Firm On Decision To Withdraw Police Mobile Force Personnel From VIPs


Jul 25, 2023

The Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to the PMF reform policy and the decision of Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun to withdraw Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel from certain VIPs.

This was disclosed in a statement put out by the Force Headquarters’ Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi who noted that the withdrawal process has started

“We want to clarify that the decision to withdraw PMF personnel from escort and guard duties remains firm, and there will be no going back on this crucial policy change.

“The withdrawal process has already commenced, with a comprehensive report submitted by the committee responsible for overseeing the seamless implementation of this directive.

“The IGP has also initiated the mobilization process for establishing the Police Quick Intervention Squad, which will precede the withdrawal policy.

“This decision is part of our ongoing efforts to optimize resource allocation and enhance the efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force in fulfilling its core mandate of safeguarding the lives and properties of all citizens.

“We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition and will provide adequate security arrangements for VIPs entitled to protection. To address VIP security responsibilities, we will carefully consider the provisions of Sections 23 to 25 of the Police Act 2020 and recruit more supernumerary officers. Rest assured, no VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected due to this new policy.

“The Inspector-General of Police remains steadfast in his pursuit of reforms and initiatives aimed at enhancing 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.

Therefore, we urge the public and all stakeholders to support and cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force during this transition period, as it will strengthen the security apparatus and create a safer environment for everyone to thrive,” statement read.

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