Withdrawal of Policemen from VIPs: We ‘ll Follow Tinubu’s Order — Minister

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The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim said the police authorities will carry out the order by President Bola Tinubu in respect of the withdrawal of policemen from VIPs.

Suleiman-Ibrahim made known the cheering news about the development on Monday at a two-day management retreat at the Ministry of Police Affairs where he also reeled off other measures in the pipeline aimed at improving policing in the country.

The minister said the President’s order on withdrawal of police personnel attached to dignitaries will be followed to the letter.

He stated this among others saying; “The Police Inspectorate Department, in particular, should evolve its operations to focus on robust monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning. Reports must be factual, practical, and evidence-based, and serve as critical tools for enhancing police performance. It must champion the review of the curriculum of the training institutions to ensure they are reflective of the evolving landscape of law enforcement, incorporating contemporary practices and international standards.

“The Police Service Department has multifaceted responsibilities and must rise to the occasion by ensuring administrative optimization, making sure that relevant policies and procedures for the police are in place and up to date while also fostering the adoption of cutting-edge technology. It must be at the forefront of efforts to ensure we evolve an intelligence-led, technology-driven, inclusive, and community-based police force in Nigeria.

“The Planning, Research, and Statistics Department must position itself as a knowledge hub, providing historical insights and conducting cutting-edge research to inform policymaking. By fostering partnerships with renowned research institutions and staying current with global trends, this department will play a vital role in shaping evidence-based strategies for the Nigerian Police Force.

“As you are aware, our key mandates include developing and implementing a harmonized police reform report, amending the Police Act, executing Mr President’s directive on the withdrawal of police personnel from VIP security duties, and developing a community policing strategy, amongst others. We must not see these mandates as mere tasks but as transformative initiatives that can enhance internal security in Nigeria.”

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