IGP Egbetokun withdraws policemen attached to Okorocha, Gbenga Daniel and others

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has withdrawn police orderlies attached to former governors; Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Gbenga Daniel of Ogun, and others.

The order was contained in a police wireless message from Mopol 45 Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The development came a few weeks after the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Olukayode Egbetokun, vowed to withdraw Police Mobile Force personnel from VIP escort and guard duties. 

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He had also announced plans to establish the Special Intervention Squad, which according to him, would have 40,000 highly trained police officers, including selected officers from the Police Mobile Force.

Egbetokun said the withdrawal of PMF personnel from VIP escort and guard duties was necessary to allow the police to take back its place in the “internal security architecture” of the country. He said the move would also free more police personnel to focus on core police duties like investigations and patrols.

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Those affected include former Imo governor, Ikedi Ohakim; former cabinet secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari, Boss Mustapha; former Bauchi governor, Adamu Mu’Azu; former Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha; former Gombe governor, Danjuma Goje; former Ogun governor Gbenga Daniel; and former Zamfara governor. Bello Matawalle.

Also affected are the former police affairs minister, Maigari Dingyadi; former petroleum minister Timipre Sylva; former senator Haliru Jika; former budget minister, Clem Ikanade Agba; former Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; former House member Rabiu Lawan and former senator Stephen Adey.

This is not the first time this will occur as successive IGPs have publicly announced the withdrawal of police orderlies from politicians and rich people who could afford to pay for officers, but none had ever been successful.

Police reform advocates argued officers attached to politicians and businesspeople often constitute a large chunk of police manpower, leaving the country in a perpetual state of insecurity due to the reduced number of personnel assigned to the protection of neighbourhoods and other critical duties nationwide.

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