I will withdraw police escorts from VIPs If elected president – Tinubu

The All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has promised to reform the Nigerian Police Force for efficiency if elected as president next year.

He said he would free police officers from being security or orderlies for Very Important Personality, adding that police personnel on such duties would be replaced by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officers.

This was contained in the manifesto exclusively obtained by The PUNCH on Friday,

According to reports the that top on his priority lists of action plans was national security, economy, agriculture, power, oil and gas, transportation and education.

The 80-page document, containing multi-sectoral policy options, was tagged “Renewed Hope 2023 – Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.”

On police reform, Tinubu said, “We shall boost the public confidence in the Nigeria Police Force and other internal security agencies by increasing recruitment and providing high-tech, non-lethal equipment with corresponding manpower development schemes.

“Police reform will be focused on positioning the institution to better deliver on its primary duties of community policing and maintaining law and order through crime fighting and prevention.

“Police personnel will be freed from extraneous duties such as VIP security and guard duties. VIP Security and provision of security for government buildings, installations and other critical assets will be transferred to The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The NSCDC shall be evaluated and reformed to be better integrated with our internal security apparatus.”

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