The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to some prominent Nigerians and organisations.
The affected individuals include serving and former lawmakers, former ministers, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), popular business personalities and so on.
The serving lawmakers include Nicholas Mutu and Shina Peller; former lawmakers affected include Lado Yakubu and Boroface Ajayi; Babachir Lawal,a former SGF is also affected while ex-ministers affected include Femi Fani-Kayode and Bashir Yuguda.
The IGP’s directive was contained in a wireless message dated November 4, 2020, and addressed virtually to all zonal Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIGs) and all state Commissioners of Police.
The letter with reference number CB/4001/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.116/32 was signed by Idowu Owohunwa, the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP.
The IGP announced that officers of the force attached to VIPs be withdrawn immediately.
He, however, exempted the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, from the directive.
The sudden withdrawal is happening after President Muhammadu Buhari announced a reform of the police in Nigeria.
Nigerian youth had in October taken to the streets to protest against police brutality.
The protesters also demanded the immediate disbandment of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and the reform of the police.
The #EndSARS protests lasted for over two weeks and led to the death of at least 40 persons and destruction of lives and properties after it was hijacked by hoodlums who took advantage of a government crackdown.
In the new directive, the IGP told his subordinates that he was aware that his previous order on the withdrawal of police officers was flouted.
“The attention of the inspector general of police has been drawn to the fact that the police…
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