IGP to withdraw mobile police protection from unauthorized persons

The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) has vowed to withdraw escort services of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) from unauthorized persons, stressing that the policy will standardize the operations of the police and make it more efficient.

The IGP disclosed this while delivering his speech during the PMF commanders’ conference convened to interact with newly appointed Squadron Commanders across the 67 Mobile Police Squadrons in the Nigeria Police, held at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja on Thursday.

The IGP noted that the Regularization and Standardization of PMF is the primary   responsibility as Police Force is to ensure the safety of the citizens stressing that in doing that, it is imperative to standardize the deployment of PMF.

“A situation where a single individual who is not qualified and has no authority to move about with PMF escort for his or her protection is found enjoying such individualized and specialized police protection is no longer acceptable.  We must ensure justice and fair treatment to all citizens by way of giving more attention to the protection of the general public. As such, you should remain guided by this new Force Policy in the manner you deploy your personnel,” he said.

The IGP noted that this is part of the broad re-organization plan envisioned for the Police Mobile Force and it is aimed at strengthening the command and control framework of the Mobile Police Force towards positioning them to respond more potently to the dynamics of crime in the country.

“This is considered within the context of the renewed offensive by the Nigeria Police against the heightened threat of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, cattle rustling, communal clashes and terrorism.

“As you assumed full leadership of your Squadrons, you will all be expected to draw on your vast operational experiences towards supporting other detachments of the Police in undertaking special operations to mitigate these threats,” he said.

 He noted that prior to the mobilization of Squadron Commanders, Officers of the Rank of CSPs and SPs hitherto held sway in all the respective Squadrons.  But in consideration of the increasingly complex internal security challenges which have widened the responsibilities of the Police Mobile Force, it was considered expedient to review and standardize the status of Squadron Commanders. “This informed the upgrade of the rank of Squadron Commanders to Assistant Commissioners of Police.

“I am aware of the challenges within the Squadrons as these have been a subject of discourse within the Force Management Team. I must assure you that the enhancement of the operational capacity of the Special and Tactical Units of the Force is atop the prioritization scale of the current Police leadership dispensation. Consequently, no stone will be left unturned in our commitment to addressing challenges that are currently inhibiting the optimal operational capacity of these Units. Our efforts at this direction shall be made manifest in due course,” he said.

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