The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has ordered the withdrawal of senior police officers attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Those affected by the directive of the police chief are officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and above.
Baba gave the directive in a letter titled ‘Withdrawal of Senior Police Officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police and above From EFCC’ – a copy of which was obtained by Channels Television on Wednesday.
The letter dated April 15, 2021, and addressed to the EFCC chairman was signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP and an acting Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa.
Owohunwa explained that the IGP took the decision as a result of the present operational requirements of the police.
According to the letter, the affected police officers were asked to report to the IGP’s Principal Staff Officer on April 21 for further instructions.
The IGP’s directive followed the disturbing rate of gunmen attacks on security facilities in parts of the country, including attacks on a State Police Command Headquarters and Zonal Police Headquarters in the South-East.
The letter read: I write to extend earnest regards of the Inspector-General of Police and to inform the chairman that the Inspector-General of Police has directed the withdrawal of all senior police officers from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and above attached to your agency.
The decision is informed by the current operational requirements of the force. You are accordingly requested to kindly direct the immediate release of the concerned officers who are to collectively report to the undersigned on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10am for further instructions.
I am to also request that you avail this office the comprehensive nominal roll of all police personnel attached to the EFCC to include their date of transfer and designations in the agency for the purpose of updating our records.