The former inspector general of police who made this known in
Abuja on Wednesday, January 13, said the decision became necessary to improve on the level of professionalism among officers and men of the force.
Okiro noted that the provost marshal and staff of the commission would be posted to domestic airports and highways to enforce the order officers who embark on such “illegal escorts or guards.”
He said: “The issue of policemen performing domestic duties, as you can all agree with me, has generated much uproar and even condemnation as it is capable of eroding the public esteem of members of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
“To stem the tide, we have worked out a blueprint of the class of VIPs that should enjoy the privilege of attaching police officers to provide VIP protection with their specific duties clearly spelt out.
“The matter is awaiting the consent of the relevant authorities, before we can start its implementation. This policy is very critical and is aimed at shoving up the professionalism of the police force and rekindles the high respect the police deserve in the public eye cum image.”
Reacting to media report on alleged lopsidedness in the promotion and posting of some senior officers, Okiro said: “Of recent, the media carried stories of alleged lopsidedness in the recent promotions and postings of senior police officers (SPOs). I wish to inform you that, there is nothing farther from the truth therein.”
The Police Service Commission (PSC) was established in 1999 to appoint, promote, post, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over members of the Nigeria Police Force. Its headquarters is located in Abuja.