President Tinubu Orders Withdrawal of Police Personnel from VIP Protection Duties
President Bola Tinubu has directed the Police high Command to enforce the planned withdrawal of police escorts from unauthorized VIPs across the country.
The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Ms Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, on Monday confirmed that the President’s directive will be implemented fully by the police authorities.
According to her, the Nigeria Police is currently facing serious problems due to accumulated issues resulting from decades of neglect from successive governments She noted that compliance with President Bola Tinubu’s directive will help the police to refocus on its constitutional mandate of securing the people and their property.
“The Police Inspectorate Department, in particular, should evolve its operations to focus on robust monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning. Reports must be factual, practical, and evidence-based, and serve as critical tools for enhancing police performance. It must champion the review of the curriculum of the training institutions to ensure they are reflective of the evolving landscape of law enforcement, incorporating contemporary practices and international standards.
“The Police Service Department has multifaceted responsibilities and must rise to the occasion by ensuring administrative optimization, making sure that relevant policies and procedures for the police are in place and up to date while also fostering the adoption of cutting-edge technology. It must be at the forefront of efforts to ensure we evolve an intelligence-led, technology-driven, inclusive, and community-based police force in Nigeria.
“The Planning, Research, and Statistics Department must position itself as a knowledge hub, providing historical insights and conducting cutting-edge research to inform policymaking. By fostering partnerships with renowned research institutions and staying current with global trends, this department will play a vital role in shaping evidence-based strategies for the Nigerian Police Force.
“As you are aware, our key mandates include developing and implementing a harmonized police reform report, amending the Police Act, executing Mr President’s directive on the withdrawal of police personnel from VIP security duties, and developing a community policing strategy, amongst others. We must not see these mandates as mere tasks but as transformative initiatives that can enhance internal security in Nigeria.”