The police force has asked members of the force not to give special protection for political office holders and very important persons in some states in the South-East and South-South.
The force asked its men not to follow their principals to Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu, and Rivers States until the security situation in the states get better. The force stated that such activities have been suspended till further notice.
The order came following attacks on security operatives and formations in the South-East and part of South-South zones and the directive was copied to the Chief Security Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Government House, Department of Operations, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation annex, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, Delta State House of Assembly, among others.
The force spokesman, Frank Mba, said the police order was legal as he pointed that the command’s Commissioner of Police had the prerogative to optimise his men for the protection of the public and infrastructure.
In his words, ‘’If unknown gunmen as you people normally put it, numbering like 12 or 20 launches an attack on an escort of two men, surely they will overwhelm them because they will outnumber you and outgun you. This is the issue the directive was trying to cure.’’