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Police Suspend Escorts For Governors, VIPs

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Police Suspend Escorts For Governors, VIPs

Police Suspend Escorts For Governors, VIPs

The Nigeria Police Force has ordered the immediate withdrawal of personnel attached to governors, senators, and other public office holders in the South East over nonstop attacks on police officers and formations in the region.

A police wireless message reportedly seen by THE WHISTLER on Tuesday said the directive followed attacks on policemen by alleged members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its Eastern Security Network (ESN) paramilitary wing.

The signal dated “101054/05/2021” and with reference number 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL47/812 was issued by the Commissioner of Police (DOPS), Asaba, Delta State.

It said, “Sequel to the incessant attacks on policemen/ snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN elements in the eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and the Imo and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel that escorts of their principals to the six (6) eastern states are suspended forthwith until the security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance please.”

 
 


The acting spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed the validity of the wireless message but noted that it was not meant for the press.

“Firstly, the message that was sent out is not for the press, so I don’t know how it got to you. Secondly, it is for policemen attached to VIPS not to escort their men to any part of the eastern state. That is the directive,” said Bright.

Further efforts by our correspondent to get the Force PRO, CP Frank Mba, to comment on the development proved abortive as he was not picking his calls.

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