Nigerian Police: Mobile Policemen to be withdrawn from VIPs
Personal of the Nigerian police attached to VIPs will be withdrawn and sent back to the barracks. This was confirmed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in a interactive session with civil society organisations in Abuja.
The measure, according to him is to bring the police closer to Nigerians.
Mr. Idris said that the force had created additional mobile police squadron in states to enhance police operations, adding that Nigerians would now have more Special Protection Units (SPUs) in the commands in the zones.
“We will withdraw all mobile police back to barracks to concentrate on dealing with serious law and order situation.
“It means that we are stopping deployment of mobile police from protecting VIPs in the country because that is not where they should serve.
“This is to allow us have enough men on the ground to deal especially with the issues of kidnapping.
“We are creating new SPUs in each command; so, virtually all commands will have them, and with the support of the state governments, most of them would be deployed specially to states.’’
He called for the establishment of special courts to address the cases of kidnapping.
According to him, the public feel that kidnappers are not being prosecuted enough so there is need to seek strict measure to punish them.
The IGP said that with the creation of special task force squadron on terrorism, a lot of kidnappers had been arrested and that the force had 2, 000 suspected kidnappers across the country.