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Acting IGP To Withdraw Mobile Police Escorts From VIPs

…….that a deployment of 1,000 personnel to each state would be implemented.

By Adaka Paul:

The acting Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has pledged to ensure the removal of Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP escort and guard responsibilities. He has taken steps to establish the Special Intervention Squad, which will consist of 40,000 extensively trained police officers, including chosen officers from the Police Mobile Force.

Egbetokun stated that this initiative aims to enable the police to reclaim their position within the country’s “internal security framework.” The remarks were made by Egbetokun during a meeting with Squadron leaders and Tactical Commanders in Abuja on Monday.

He said, “In a bid to kick-start the process of regaining our pride of place in the internal security architecture of our dear country first and foremost, modalities for the creation of a new special squad – the Special Intervention Squad have been initiated.

“This special squad shall consist of 40,000 specially trained elite officers. The Squad will be formed by selecting officers from the pool of existing Police Mobile Force personnel and all tactical units in the country.

“These officers will undergo an intensive pre-deployment training to make them combat-ready for frontline operational duties in all the states of the Federation, with a particular focus on areas plagued with unrest and turmoil.

“By pooling together the expertise and experience of our PMF personnel and other tactical units, we can establish a formidable force that is well-equipped to handle the evolving challenges we face.”

Furthermore, he emphasized that the formation of this squad would enhance the police’s ability to swiftly address security risks. He highlighted that a deployment of 1,000 personnel to each state would be implemented.

Egbetokun said, “This dedicated force will bolster our capacity to respond swiftly and decisively to security threats, ensuring that our presence is felt and our response is effective in every corner of our country. 1000 personnel from this new squad will be deployed to every state of the Federation for immediate operations as standby intervention units, while more troubled spots or zones will receive the remaining officers out of the 40,000.

“These officers will not perform routine police duties but will be housed and kept combat-ready at all times engaging in daily training readiness for deployments to intercept and neutralize high-profile criminals and those terrorising our communities.”

The head of the police stated that the newly established specialized squad would receive comprehensive training and acquire the necessary expertise to confront emerging criminal activities, insurgency, and various security threats, particularly those posed by non-state entities. Egbetokun explained that the Police Mobile Force officers who were withdrawn would be substituted with officers from the Special Protection Unit.

He said, “We shall effect the withdrawal of PMF personnel from VIP escort/guard duties. While the protection of dignitaries remains paramount, it is imperative that we realign our priorities to address the escalating security challenges faced by the nation as a whole. By relieving the PMF of VIP escort and guard duties, we can redirect their focus and efforts toward addressing critical security concerns that affect our communities at large.

“To support the foregoing strategic plan and make needed manpower available for frontline duties, the withdrawn PMF officers will be replaced by officers of the Special Protection Unit only where necessary.”

According to Egbetokun, a dedicated committee led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations) has been established to evaluate and provide guidance on the seamless implementation of the strategy. He further mentioned that the committee is anticipated to present its findings within a span of two weeks.

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