IGP reportedly orders withdrawal of policemen from VIPs amid #EndSARS protests

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reportedly ordered the withdrawal of police officers attached to very important persons (VIP) in Nigeria.

According to TheCable, the directive was issued via a police wireless message on Wednesday, October 21, and is expected to take effect immediately.

This development comes following two weeks of End SARS protests by Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality in the country.

In the directive issued to police zonal commands, only those attached to government houses, the senate president and the speaker of the house of representatives are exempted.

“Inspector-general of police directs you to withdraw all protect personnel attached to all VIPs, except those attached to government houses, senate president, speaker, house of representatives with immediate effect,” the message seen by The Cable reads.

“Any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences. Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”

All withdrawn operatives were directed to report to their commands.

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