Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, on Wednesday directed all police operatives attached to VIPs in Nigeria to be withdrawn with immediate effect.
Adamu, however, exempted the police officers attached to Government Houses, the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representatives.
The directives of the IGP is coming few days after the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, was disbanded following the mass protest by Nigerians.
The order was contained in a police wireless message dated October 21, 2020, addressed to all state Commissioners of Police.
The wireless signal with reference number, CB:4001/DOPS/SPU/FHQ/ABU/VOL./ORDER AND DIRECTIVES, said, “any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences.”
The signal, which was signed by the AIPOL, Protect, Force Headquarters, Abuja, read in part, “Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without a firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”
All affected officers were directed to report to report to their respective command Commissioner of Police.