Senator Magnus Abe has cried out over the withdrawal of police escorts from “VIP’.
Senator Abe expressed his fear about the police escort withdrawal when he appeared on ARISE News on Tuesday. He said it’s unnecessary for the police chief to make the withdrawal public since the posting of the officers to these persons was not made public.
“What I am not pleased about is the whole point of making the withdrawal of security from anybody public.
When these men were posted to us it was not public, so their withdrawal should have been done privately because when you announce that security details are being withdrawn from certain people like me, you are exposing us to unnecessary security risks,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police had on Sunday ordered the immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to some prominent Nigerians and organizations.
The affected individuals include serving and former lawmakers, former ministers, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, popular business personalities, and many others.
The River state lawmaker however said Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector general of police reserved the right to post his men wherever he thinks they will best serve the interest of the Nigerian people.
“The IGP as the leader of the Nigerian police force in this country has the right to post his men wherever he thinks they will best serve the interest of the Nigerian people.
“Maybe the police have looked at some of our own security needs and they feel that the general interest of the country is better served by redeploying their men in other places,” Abe said.
Senator Abe said he doesn’t believe the move by the country’s police boss was politically motivated. He said, “the police are not outside political interference sometimes, but I know that the police have the capacity to resist that inference when the lives of Nigerians are involved.”