Police Service Commission (PSC) has faulted the refusal of some policemen to return to work following the killing of about 22 cops during the violence that erupted following #EndSARS protest.
Policemen had stayed away from hotspots and their duty posts in different states following the killing of their colleagues by suspected hoodlums.
Riot policemen had also failed to respond to incidents of looting and vandalism of public and private property by miscreants in defiance of a directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordering them to reclaim the public space from hoodlums.
Senior officers had expressed fear for their lives, saying their security was not guaranteed hence their decision to stay away from work.
Reacting, PSC, which encouraged policemen with low morale to put the killing of their colleagues behind them, stated that the Public Service Rules which also applies to members of the Nigeria Police Force, prescribes dismissal for any officer that deserts his job.
The Commission stressed that policemen did not deserve to be killed and should in fact be protected as fellow human beings.
It however noted that the attack on officers by hoodlums should not be an excuse for them to stay away from work.
Explaining why the attack on policemen is not beneficial for the country, PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani told ThePunch;
This is because when you make Nigeria lawless and ungovernable, there would be a situation nobody would be able to control. When you make Nigeria lawless and ungovernable, there would be a situation nobody would be able to control.
The Nigeria Police Force is part of the public service and the public service is guided by the Public Service Rules. If you don’t come to work without permission, the punishment is dismissal if it is proven.
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The police as public servants are guided by the rules; so, they cannot on their own say they won’t go to work. Although, the Police Service Commission is also working to make sure they are protected because they are human beings; their lives also matter.
The PSC spokesperson cautioned against further attacks on law enforcement agents, describing such incidents as an ill-wind that could lead to anarchy.
It would be an ill-wind that blows nobody any good but it is not a reason for anybody to say he won’t go to work. If you don’t go to work, the Public Service Rules will take its course.
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