Police officers who were last year withdrawn from serving dignitaries who are not entitled to them have been directed to return to the dignitaries.
It was alleged that the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase, last week ordered that the police officers should reunite with the dignitaries they were attached on permanent basis to before last year’s directive.
In August 2015, the IG following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive scaled down the number of policemen attached to dignitaries.
However, exclusive information available to OrijoReporter revealed that the IG has copped out, and last week he ordered that police that were withdrawn from serving as guards to individuals who are not entitled to such privileges to go back to the dignitaries.
One of the beneficiaries of the IG’s directive, an Edo State lawmaker(name withheld) was at the weekend sighted in Lagos with two of his police escorts.
Efforts by our correspondent to speak with police authority as at the time of publication yielded no fruit.
Political and public office holders entitled to special police security include the President, Vice President, Chief Justice of Nigeria, governors, deputy governors, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Head of Service of the Federation.
Others are ministers, president of the Court of Appeal, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeal, chief judge and grand khadi of a state, president of the Customary Court of Appeal, Chairman of a Local Government/Area Council, Vice Chairman of a Local Government/Area Council and Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
Also entitled to police guards are President of the Senate, Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Speakers of State Houses of Assembly and Deputy Speakers of State Houses of Assembly.
Nigeria has about 306,000 serving police officers. Out of this number, over 100,000 are reportedly attached to dignitaries.