Tinubu to withdraw police escorts from VIPs

Bola Tinubu

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu says he will reform the Nigerian Police Force if elected in 2023.

Tinubu said in his 80-page manifesto that he would withdraw all police officers attached as orderlies to high-profile personalities and replace them with officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Tinubu said, “We shall boost the public confidence in the Nigeria Police Force and other internal security agencies by increasing recruitment and providing high-tech, non-lethal equipment with corresponding manpower development schemes.

“Police reform will be focused on positioning the institution to better deliver on its primary duties of community policing and maintaining law and order through crime fighting and prevention.

“Police personnel will be freed from extraneous duties such as VIP security and guard duties. VIP Security and provision of security for government buildings, installations and other critical assets will be transferred to The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The NSCDC shall be evaluated and reformed to be better integrated with our internal security apparatus.”

Tinubu added that his priority will be national security, economy, agriculture, power, oil and gas, transportation and education.