The Police Service Commission (PSC) has reiterated its warning to policemen on escort duty with Very Important Personalities (VIPs) to stop carrying their handbags and umbrellas.
The commission, which described the act as an insult to the Police Force, vowed to start arresting errant policemen on illegal escort duties.
It stated that it would deploy its men to airports and highways to apprehend such policemen.
The Chairman of Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro, who gave the warning in Abuja yesterday, said: “It is an insult to the police uniform for policemen to engage in ‘domestic duty’ or carry handbags for VIPs.
“The PSC had worked out a blueprint of the class of dignitaries that should enjoy special police protection with specific duties of the policemen spelt out.
“To stem the tide, we have worked out a blueprint of the class of VIPs that should enjoy the privilege of attaching police officers to provide VIP protection with their specific duties clearly spelt out. The matter is awaiting the consent of the relevant authorities before we can start its implementation.
“Once the operation is fully planned out, the Provost-Marshal of the Police and the staff of the PSC will operate jointly and be stationed at domestic airports and some highways to arrest and discipline officers who embark on illegal escorts or guards”.
Mr. Okiro, a former Inspector General of Police, also debunked the allegations of lopsidedness in the recent promotions exercise for senior police.