The Nigeria Police Force has directed the immediate removal of officers attached to Governors, Senators, and high profile persons in the South East due to the ongoing attacks on police officers and formations in the region.
According to a police wireless message sent out, the order was issued after suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its paramilitary arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) allegedly attacked police officers.
The signal dated “101054/05/2021” and with reference number 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL47/812 was 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 directs you warn personnel that escorts of their principals to the six (6) eastern states is suspended forthwith until security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance please.”
The Delta State Police Command’s acting spokesperson Edafe Bright, acknowledged the authenticity of the message saying sequel to the incessant attacks, officers had been “suspended from moving with VIPs to any eastern state, until the security situation improves.”