Police escorts attached to governors, senators, public office holders and high profile persons in the South-East and River state have been ordered to immediately withdraw their services.

The Nigeria Police Force gave the order following the incessant attacks on police formations and officers and in the region.

The Whistler reported that the directive was contained in a police wireless message.

The signal containing the information was dated “101054/05/2021” and with reference number 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL47/812 and issued by the Commissioner of Police (DOPS), Asaba, Delta State.

It said, “Sequel to the incessant attacks on policemen/ 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 hereby withdraw police escorts from their principals in the six (6) eastern states until security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance please.”

According to the publication, the acting spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed validity of the wireless message, but noted that it was not meant for the press.

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

 

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The South east and some parts of the South South regions have recently witnessed series of attacks on police stations, prison facilities and killing of police officers and other security personnel.

The police are insisting that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and their security unit, the Eastern Security Network, ESN, are responsible for the attacks even though the secessionist group led by Nnamdi Kanu, are persistent in their denial.

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