Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has withdrawn no less than 3,168 police security personnel attached to the 36 state governors of the federation.
Before now, each state governor had at least 150 security aides but IGP Arase pruned it down to 62, even as he expressed worries that too many police officers and men were doing jobs other than their core police duties, yet they were being promoted.
The police chief’s action is in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that policemen attached to unauthorised VIPs be withdrawn to resume their regular police duties.
IGP Arase, who disclosed the new arrangement in Lagos at the weekend, added that usually, when these policemen are deployed from these special assignments back to their core duties, they may have lost touch.
Nigeria’s number one police officer revealed further that plans are also underway to withdraw security from unauthorised persons who use police orderlies for personal gains rather than as a result of real threats to their lives.
“Such people should find other ways to secure themselves”, Arase ordered.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that penultimate Friday, during a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari ordered the IGP to withdraw policemen from unauthorized persons across the country.
IGP promotes Sergeant for producing bulletproof vest
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has ordered the promotion of a police sergeant with the Bauchi State Police Command for producing a bulletproof jacket.
Sergeant Godwin Hosea was promoted to rank of Inspector, following the directive of the IGP for manufacturing Fabricated Bulletproof Jacket.
Decorating the newly promoted Inspector at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi yesterday, the State Police Commissioner, Mohammed K. Mohammed represented by his Deputy, Sumonu Abdulmalik, commended the officer for displaying exceptional talent.
“On 22/7/2015 during a one-day official working visit to Bauchi State Command by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, one F/No 218346 Sgt Godwin Hosea presented a fabricated Bulletproof Jacket he manufactured locally to the IGP during the lecture parade, as a result, a visibly happy IGP instantly promoted the Sgt to the rank of Inspector with effect from 22/7/2015” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdumalik urged Hosea to rededicate himself to duty and reciprocate the gesture done to him by the IGP.
Mohammed also enjoined other officers to emulate Hosea and harness their God-given talents in order to move the Force and the Nation forward.
Responding, the newly promoted Inspector Godwin Hosea thanked IGP Solomon Arase for the honour done to him and promised to be diligent in the discharge of his duties.