The announcement by Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu of the immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to the country’s Very Important Persons (VIPs) is exposing those persons to “unnecessary security risks.”
Former Senator, Magnus Abe who appeared on ARISE News on Tuesday said it was unnecessary for the police chief to make the withdrawal public since the posting of the officers to these persons was not made public.
“What I am not pleased about is the whole point of making the withdrawal of security from anybody public. When these men were posted to us it was not public, so their withdrawal should have been done privately because when you announce that security details are being withdrawn from certain people, you are exposing those persons to unnecessary security risks,” said Abe who was also affected by the withdrawal of police officers.
The Inspector-General of Police had on Sunday ordered the immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to some prominent Nigerians and organizations.
The affected individuals include serving and former lawmakers, former ministers, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, popular business personalities, and many others.
The former Nigerian lawmaker however said Adamu, the police boss reserved the right to post his men wherever he thinks they will best serve the interest of the Nigerian people.
“The Inspector-general of Police as the leader of the Nigerian police force in this country has the right to post his men wherever he thinks they will best serve the interest of the Nigerian people.
“Maybe the police have looked at some of our own security needs and they feel that the general interest of the country is better served by redeploying their men in other places,” Abe said.
Senator Abe said he doesn’t believe the move by the country’s police boss was politically motivated. He said, “the police are not outside political interference sometimes, but I know that the police have the capacity to resist that inference when the lives of Nigerians are involved.”
By Abel Ejikeme