Police to withdraw mobile personnel from important personalities in Nigeria

Police to withdraw mobile personnel from important personalities in Nigeria

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has announced that the Police command concluded an arrangement to withdraw personnel of its mobile formation attached to important personalities in the country back to the barrack.

Idris stated this on Friday during an interactive session with a group of civil society organizations under the auspices of “The Situation Room’’ in Abuja.

He said that the measure was intended to bring the police closer to Nigerians, saying the force had created additional mobile police squadron in states to enhance police operations, adding that Nigerians would now have more Special Protection Units (SPUs) in the commands in the zones.

“We will withdraw all mobile police back to barracks to concentrate on dealing with serious law and order situation.

“It means that we are stopping deployment of mobile police from protecting VIPs in the country because that is not where they should serve.

“This is to allow us have enough men on the ground to deal especially with the issues of kidnapping.

“We are creating new SPUs in each command; so, virtually all commands will have them, and with the support of the state governments, most of them would be deployed specially to states.’’

The Police Boss noted that the decision was basically to stem the cases of incessant kidnapping, adding that it had become a challenge that the force received hundreds of cases daily.

He called for the establishment of special courts to address the cases of kidnapping, according to him, the public feel that kidnapers are not being prosecuted enough so there is need to seek strict measure to punish them.

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The IGP maintained that with the creation of special task force squadron on terrorism, a lot of kidnappers had been arrested and that the force had 2, 000 suspected kidnappers across the country.

He reiterated the force’s commitment to apprehending the notorious and wanted kidnapper from Benue commonly called “Ghana’’, saying that his days were numbered.

Idris also expressed delight over the support given to police by Nigerians and called for more collaboration to curb crime “because it will take a collaborative effort to win against crime in the country’’.

In his reaction, Convener of the Situation Room, Mr Clement Nwankwo, called for the prosecution of kidnappers to serve as deterrent to others.

Nwankwo stressed the need for protection of lives and property in the country, adding that ‘kidnapping is a serious national issue that needs to be tackled urgently.’’

 

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