Days after the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, ordered the withdrawal of police officers attached to Very Important Persons across the country, politicians and business moguls are reportedly making moves to retain their police orderlies.
In a police wireless message to all state Commissioners of Police on October 21, 2020, Adamu had ordered the withdrawal of police orderlies attached to VIPs, including politicians, business moguls and entertainers.
The IGP exempted officers attached to Government Houses, the Senate President and the Speaker House of Representatives, from the order and directed affected personnel to report to their respective command Commissioners of Police.
However, despite the IGP’s directive, investigation has revealed that lawmakers, top politicians and business leaders, who are constitutionally not allowed to have police orderlies still have them in their service.
Some senators, who are still using police orderlies, were quoted as saying that they had settled the matter with the IGP, while another senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, argued that as lawmakers, they were exposed to attacks and needed police orderlies to protect them.
Like previous directives on withdrawal of police from VIPs, the recent directive is assumed to be dead on arrival as some VIPs are considered more important than others.
While police escorts have been withdrawn from less important persons like entertainers and political party chieftains, VIPs like former governors and captains of industry are regarded as ‘very very important persons’ by the police.
Recall that in February 2019, the IGP announced withdrawal of its personnel attached to VIPs.
Also in 2018, Adamu’s predecessor, Ibrahim Idris, ordered an immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to political office holders and VIPs, all to no avail.