The Nigerian Police Force (NPF), has dissociated itself from rumours on the alleging that it has withdrawn some of its personnel assigned to some top politicians as aides.
According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, “the signal ordering the removal of police aides from certain top politicians and their relatives is fake and did not emanate from the NPF or any of its formations.”
According to media reports, the NPF had earlier ordered the withdrawal of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel attached to Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of former President Muhammadu Buhari, his brother, Mallam Mamman Daura, and other prominent individuals including those of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Iyorchia Ayu, a former Senate President.
However, the police in a statement released on Twitter and titled “disavowal of fake signal regarding removal of police aides from politicians, VIPs, said the signal did not emanate from them.
The statement reads:
“The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) wishes to address the ambiguity surrounding a signal that has been in circulation on social media, purportedly originating from MOPOL 45 FHQ ABJ, ordering the removal of police aides from certain top politicians and their relatives. The Police hereby unequivocally clarifies that the signal is fake and did not emanate from the NPF or any of its formations.
“More emphatically, the signal deviates from the Police’s telegraphic message structure and standard as the signal bears the signature of a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), which is highly irregular, as a signal of this nature would typically be signed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), who heads such formations, and not a higher-ranking officer.
“The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has taken immediate notice and has ordered a thorough investigation into its source and assures that appropriate action will be taken against those responsible for its creation and dissemination.”