The Inspector-General of Police IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on Wednesday ordered the immediate withdrawal of all police officers attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs) nationwide.
According to findings, the order was contained in a police signal dated October 21, 2020 addressed to all zonal commands which was obtained by Tribune Online on Wednesday night in Abuja.
The signal with reference number: CB:4001/DOPS/SPU/FHQ/ABU/VOL./ORDER AND DIRECTIVES warned that any commander who violates the order “will bear the consequences”.
According to it, “Inspector-General of Police directs you to withdraw all protect personnel attached to all VIPs, except those attached to Government Houses, Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives with immediate effect.
“Any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences. Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”
All withdrawn personnel were directed to report to their commands for debriefing.
This development comes after a two week of protests by Nigerian youths demanding an end to the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
President and convener of One Love Foundation, has filed a suit against the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Nigeria Police Force for proclaiming the #EndSARS protests banned in the city of Abuja.
Eholor told Jungle Journalist Media Ltd that his lawyer has since filed the suit at the FCT High Court.
Our Abuja Correspondent learnt that the legal counsel to Patrick Eholor, Ihensekhien Samuel Junior, a popular Abuja-based public interest lawyer and activist, in his comments thanked Eholor for taking this bold step in protecting the constitutional rights of all FCT and Nigeria citizens of their rights to peaceful protest vide the suit.
According to him, the suit is to restrain the FCT Minister and Nigeria Police Force in general from violating the rights of protesters in the #EndSARS/# EndSWAT debacle.
He further implored security agencies to respect the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly, association, and the right to freedom of speech of all #EndSARS protesters in this regard.
As at press time, steps were being taken to serve Nigeria Police Force and the Minister with notices of the suit.
Some officers and men of State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Edo State Police Command have been arrested and detained by the command, for allegedly carrying out an arrest in Benin City in an unprofessional manner.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Lawan Tanko Jimeta, disclosed this in a statement issued Saturday evening by the Command’s Spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor.
“The officers and men following the arrest, have since been detained and are currently undergoing investigation,” it said.
The statement however did not mention how many officers and men were involved in the unprofessional arrest.
Jimeta however reiterated his commitment to upholding his constitutional mandate of protecting the rights and privileges of law-abiding citizens of the state against human rights abuse by some members of the Force.
He appealed to the general public to always co-operate with the police and see themselves as partners in progress in the business of securing the state.
Executive Chairman, Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS) Igbinidu Inneh, has said that the role of the Nigeria Police cannot be underestimated in the process of revenue generation.
The EIRS boss made this known when he led members of the Board on a courtesy visit to the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko Jimeta.
Inneh stated that the EIRS as a government agency, legally saddled with the responsibility of collection of revenue, is sometimes faced with challenges of non-compliance with the tax laws by some errant taxpayers, nothing that as humans, our existence and engagement in economic activities in any society, depends largely on the safety of lives and properties which the police provides.
Speaking on the EIRS automation system, Inneh informed the Edo State CP that “the Nigeria Police is a beneficiary of the system owing to the fact that it has positively aided in the prevention of crime and criminality as well as seamless and speedy investigation of criminal offences in the State with regards to vehicle documentation and number plates.”
He sued for the Police Commissioner’s support in the discharge of its agency’s functions especially in the collection of revenue from the informal sector and ensuring motorist comply with the road taxes law.
In his response, CP Jimeta assured the EIRS Executive Chairman of the Command’s support and synergy in ensuring that revenue is generated in a more peaceful and safer manner adding that with tax education and enlightenment strategies, tax collection can become less challenging.