Police prohibit officers from escorting VIPs to South-East, Rivers State 

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Inspector General of , Usman Alkali Baba
The Nigeria Force (NPF) has reportedly barred its personnel escorting very important (VIP) in the South-East geo-political zone.

A signal dated “101054/05/2021” and with reference number 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL47/812, according to The Whistler, conveyed the directive.

Coming the Commissioner of Police (DOPS), Asaba, Delta State Command, the wireless message said the directive followed attacks on by alleged of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its the Eastern Security Network (ESN) paramilitary wing.

There have been increased attacks on security facilities and personnel in the former eastern region lately.

“Sequel to the incessant attacks on /snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN elements in the eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel escorts of principals to the six (6) eastern states is suspended forthwith until security improves. Ensure strict compliance please,” it reads.

The acting spokesperson of the state command, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed validity of the wireless message, but noted it was not meant for the press.

“Firstly, the message was sent out is not for press, so I don’t know how it got to you,” Mr Bright said. “Secondly, it is for attached to VIPS not to escort men to any part of the eastern state. is the directive.”

Frank Mba, police spokesperson, was not available for comments wether this was one of the new security approved by President Muhammadu after a security meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.