The presidential directive on the withdrawal of policemen from Very Important Personalities (VIPs) who are not entitled to their services is to be enforced by the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, PSC’s Head, Press and Public Relations, quoted PSC chairman, Mr Mike Okiro, as saying that arrangements had been concluded to that effect and a high level monitoring team had been deployed to the nation’s airports, highways and other public places to enforce the directive.
According to the statement, the team is mandated to stop VIPs’ on the highways and airports to confirm their status and any VIP or policeman who is caught violating the presidential directive would be prosecuted.
The statement stressed that, henceforth, only authorised government officials and VIPs’ would be entitled to police security and noted that the nation could not afford the luxury of having majority of these scarce officers were in the service of few privileged Nigerians, while it was battling with the challenge of inadequate police personnel.
It warned that the PSC would not hesitate to discipline any police officer who flouts the presidential directive by hanging onto these VIPs’ for pecuniary gains and pledged to give the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force the required support and encouragement to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness.
“ The Nigeria Police will now be structured to do its primary duties of providing internal security and protecting lives and property,’’ the statement added.