Wife of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Titi, on Wednesday, demoted her police orderly to a handbag carrier at an event.
Reacting to the development, a Twitter user, @Fifi_Ify wrote, “When a private citizen can turn our uniform force member into her maid, why won’t the police forget their primary duty and only dance to the tune of the elites? @BenHundeyin is this how it’s supposed to be?”
Responding to the tweet, the Nigeria Police Force spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, condemned the action, saying that the police authority will sanction the female orderly for carrying the bag of her VVIP boss.
”This is not acceptable. We have commenced necessary action on this. We will fish her out and get across to the principal. The AIG Special Protection Unit has been contacted to assist us get the woman police. Gradually, we will sanitize the system.
“How can an orderly be carrying bag for her madam, I am sure the madam will have a PA, and that is the PAs job, it’s an absurdity and this is condemned in its totality.”
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress recently said security agents would be withdrawn from the Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) where they are attached to work almost like common domestic staff and be returned to their constitutional and conventional duty posts.
Sowore, who argued that withdrawing policemen and other security agents from VVIPs is a good part of reducing the cost of governance, said, “I understand how the security agents work in Nigeria. They are hired mostly by VVIPs (Very Very Important Persons) to protect them and also victimise citizens. I will make sure that all the security agents go back to their normal constitutional or traditional or conventional duties.
“There is no basis for the army to be controlling traffic in our cities. The police have completely retreated from their job of protecting citizens. The police have become a force for protecting empty houses, helping in serving food to people at parties, they clean, they are drivers. There is nothing abusive that they don’t use the police for and these are the VVIPs.”