The police authorities in Delta States have barred officers attached to Very Important Personalities (VIPs) including Ministers, National Assembly members, federal appointees from the Southeast and Southsouth from accompanied their principals to their states.
The decision followed the spate of casualties suffered by force in the states in the wake of the unabated attacks on officers by gunmen including the killing of no fewer than 12 policemen last weekend in five attacks across Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
The signal, according to report, emanated from the Delta State Police Command.
It advised officers and men not to accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states until the security situation improves.
The wireless message, with the reference CB: 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL.47/812X, is entitled: “Attack on policemen, snatching of rifles by IPOB”, read in part, “Sequel to the incessant attacks on policemen and snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN (Eastern Security Network) elements in the Eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo States and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel that escort of their principals to the six eastern states is suspended forthwith until the security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance, please.”