FPRO Affirms No Reversal on PMF Withdrawal Policy

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In light of recent speculations, the Nigeria Police Force has officially addressed ongoing discussions surrounding the Police Mobile Force (PMF) reform policy. The Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has firmly clarified that the decision to withdraw PMF personnel from escort and guard duties remains unchanged, with no intention of reversing this critical policy change.

The withdrawal process is already in motion, backed by a comprehensive report from the designated committee assigned to ensure the seamless implementation of the directive. Additionally, the IGP has initiated the mobilization process for the establishment of the Police Quick Intervention Squad, a significant step towards enforcing the withdrawal policy.

At the heart of this decision lies the objective to optimize resource allocation and enhance the efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force in fulfilling its primary duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of all citizens. This move is part of an ongoing effort to transform the police force into a more robust, efficient, and citizen-centric institution that caters to the security needs of all individuals equally.

While PMF personnel will no longer be assigned to VIP duties, the Nigeria Police Force assures the public that adequate security arrangements for VIPs entitled to such protection will be maintained. The Force is actively exploring the provisions of Sections 23 to 25 of the Police Act 2020 to recruit additional supernumerary officers specially trained to handle VIP security responsibilities. This ensures that no VIP or critical infrastructure will be left unprotected due to the new policy.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, emphasizes that these reforms and initiatives are crucial in elevating the professionalism and public trust in the Nigeria Police Force. As the Force embarks on this transition period, it urges the public and all stakeholders to offer their support and cooperation. This collective effort is aimed at fortifying the security apparatus and fostering a safer environment for all citizens to thrive.

In conclusion, the Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the ongoing reform process and underscores the utmost importance of creating a secure and safe environment that benefits all citizens.


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