Polls: IGP to withdraw policemen attached to VIPs

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Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday met with the Counter-Terrorism and Special Protection Unit Commanders, during which he informed them about their responsibilities during the elections.

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He said their men would provide specialised protection for the Independent National Electoral Commission workers, youth corps members and other ad hoc personnel of the commission that would be deployed for the elections.

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AIG Adamu also stated that they would also be required “to secure INEC facilities across the country, undertake patrols of the public space before, during and after the elections and act as a reserved force that could be deployed for rapid response to crisis areas during the polls.”

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The IG added, “In order to ensure full mobilization and deployment of personnel for these duties, we shall in the coming days prune down or order the withdrawal of SPU and CTU operatives that are currently on non-essential duties including those attached to certain categories of personalities.”

Adamu said that the force expected a highest level of professionalism from the officers during the elections as their conduct would be subjected to national and international scrutiny.

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He said that adequate provision had been made for the welfare of policemen while they would be performing their duty during the elections.

The police boss said that the two units were established to complement the Police Mobile Force (PMF) towards supporting conventional police in addressing critical internal security threats and civil disorders.

He said that personnel of the SPU and CTU were critical components of the broad election security plan of the force.

Adamu added that the meeting was basically directed at engaging commanders of the CTU and SPU of the force.

“It is for this reason that you are all invited here to brainstorm and be briefed on the specific roles that you will be expected to perform during the elections,” he said.

The I-G also held similar strategic meetings with the 36 command Commissioners of Police (CPs), FCT and PMF commanders across the country.

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