IG Orders Withdrawal of All EFCC Police Personnel

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 11 – The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all police personnel serving at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The directive which was contained in a signal to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Police Mobile Force (PMF), PMF Squadrons one to 79, Force Secretary and Commissioners of Police of all the state commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also directed that the exact number withdrew to be replaced with new operatives.

According to the order, only staff of EFCC should be allowed access into the premises, while withdrawn police personnel from PMF 21, 44, 45, 46 and 50 must report to the Force Headquarters by 8 am on Monday.

That means visitors, including journalists, complainants and suspects, would not be allowed into the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, as well as other EFCC offices unless otherwise approved by Mr. Adamu.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an EFCC official this complained to Premium Times about the development saying “This development would only make the IG of police determine who comes in and out of the EFCC. Are they turning the EFCC to a unit of the police?”

Today’s Echo learnt that the order has been complied with following a signal that was sent by the AIG MOPOL to all heads of mobile police units across the country.

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