EndSARS Protests: VIPs Ignore IGP Order to Recall Police
EndSARS Protests: VIPs Ignore IGP Order to Recall Police
Three weeks after Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police (PGI), issued an order to recall police officers assigned to VIPs – politicians, businessmen and entertainers, the Daily Independent results showed that the order was largely ignored.
Our reporter found that instead of handing over the police at their disposal to the police authorities to supplement their existing protection personnel, many dignitaries and politicians have added more police officers due to the recent attacks by #EndSARS protest bandits.
During a Sunday meeting in Lagos between Southwest governors and traditional rulers to propose a solution to the region’s destruction by thugs, many police officers were seen escorting dignitaries invited to the event despite the presence of PGI.
Speaking to our correspondent, a senior Lagos police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, he said that many of the VIP police officers “don’t even want to leave because of the extra pay they get to raise their salaries.” …
He also added that some of the police officers he spoke to said that it is now difficult for them to resume life in police stations due to the massive damage done to buildings by thugs that have not yet been repaired.
“This is a difficult thing. First, the situation in the country remains tense. We have yet to see the end of the #EndSARS crisis. That’s why you haven’t seen a lot of cops on the streets. Moreover, many of these VIPs still live in fear and demand more security.
“Due to the insufficient number of police officers, some even resort to the services of vigilantes, organized crime groups and others. Consequently, it is now difficult to deprive them of police safety. Perhaps this will be done after normal life returns to the country.
“Besides, if you pick up these cops, what station will they meet? Many police stations have been destroyed and others are in poor condition. These are the factors that made the PGI directive challenging, he said.
Prior to the adoption of the latest directive in March 2018, former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris ordered the immediate recall of all police officers associated with individuals and companies. The order was ignored because the then IGP could not guarantee its implementation.
President Muhammad Bukhari in 2015 ordered police officers assigned to outsiders and VIPs in the country to be withdrawn and deployed to address security concerns in the country.
In 2018, the Police Service Commission (PSC) stated that the commission, in collaboration with the NPF, had initiated the withdrawal of police officers, but the exercise was stopped due to lack of funds.
Former PSC chairman Mike Okiro said the police cannot afford to have more than half of their employees in private hands, complaining that an order to recall police officers attached to unqualified people to the country cannot be supported due to lack of funds.
Speaking of the latest PGI directive, Ubani, former second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday, said the PGI order is just a simple speech to force VIPs in dire need of protection. the police pay more for their services.
“This has always been the procedure and process adopted by previous PGIs. They say they have recalled the cops from the VIPs. But what you find is that they basically ask the VIPs to come and update the price of the service. This is a routine job.
“It doesn’t look like these guys are going to be filming. Could it be that they have improved the security issue in the country where you are demanding that the police be taken out of these VIPs? These are people who cannot do without the protection of the police, and now you demand to recall their accompanying persons?
“I see that with this new directive, VIPs will be paying a higher amount to make sure they keep their cops. If someone expects these cops to be recalled, that person is just joking. It’s just business for me. Each new incoming PGI issues the same directive. “
Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere’s national advertising secretary, said the PGI directive would be hampered by financial interests.
“It is clear that the police officers attached to VIPs, when they receive their privileges, some of their bosses also enjoy these privileges. So it’s not easy to implement such a directive because they don’t want generosity to come easily. ”
When contacted, the force’s public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, said that since the PGI had given the police directive on stockpiles, he could better gauge compliance.
The MBA, who said the police have made significant progress in enforcing the directive, added that the failure of some police officers to comply with the directive is not due to disobedience, but due to operational problems.
He said: “First of all, we need to understand that the directive was given by PGI itself based on its assessment of the dynamics of deployment and distribution of the workforce, and the need for accountability. This was not a directive imposed by some external force. It originated from PGI; it was conceived by IGP, conceived by him and released by him.
“So, there is no better person to assess the progress of this directive than PGI itself. I think we need to understand this. I will categorically tell you that this directive applies. There are circumstances in which it may take some time before such a directive is 100% implemented due to operational and other issues.
“In addition, there may be delays that are not the result of disobedience, but the consequence of the operation. I can tell you that this specific directive is being implemented and the forces have made significant progress in withdrawing personnel assigned to these people in this category. ”
Source: – Independent ng
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