By Juliet Ezeh
The Nigeria Police Force has announced plans to withdraw Special Protection Unit ( SPU) and Counter Terrorism Unit ( CTU) operatives attached to certain categories of personalities.
The acting Inspector-General of Police ( I-G ), Mr Mohammed Adamu Abubakar disclosed at a meeting with Commanders of SPU and CTU on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the decision to withdraw the personnel was aimed at ensuring full mobilisation and deployment of the personnel for the upcoming general elections.
Adamu said that the force expected a highest level of professionalism from the officers, during the elections as their conducts would be subjected to national and international scrutiny.
He said that adequate provisions have been made for their welfare while they would be performing their duty.
The police boss said that the two units were established to complement the Police Mobile Force ( PMF), towards supporting conventional police in addressing critical internal security threats and civil disorders.
He said that personnel of the SPU and CTU were critical components of the broad election security plan of the force.
Adamu added that the meeting was basically directed at engaging commanders of the CTU and SPU of the force.
“It is for this reason that you are all invited here to brainstorm and be briefed on the specific roles that you will be expected to perform during the elections,”he said.
He said that the units were expected to provide specialialised protection for the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) staff, NYSC among others during the election.
Nigeria Newsdirect recalls that the IGP also held similar strategic meetings with the 36 command Commissioners of Police ( CPs), FCT and PMF commanders across the country.