- Police officers who are still uncomfortable returning to work will not be forced back
- Police Service Commission says contrary to reports that it will punish officers who have not to work, it will only plead with them
- The Commission said it is very particular about motivating officers for the work of policing Nigeria
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said officers who are uncomfortable returning to their duty posts will not be forced back.
Premium Times reports that the PSC made this declaration on Sunday, November 1 in a statement by its spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani.
The statement read in part:
“The Police Service Commission wishes to state that it did not any time say Police men who refused to get back to work will be dismissed.”
According to the Commission, it can only plead with the unwilling officers rather than order them back to work.
Ani's statement added:
“The Commission can only plead with the officers to in the spirit of nationalism return to work while Government works out enough protective programs for them.”
PSC words came a day after Police IG, Mohammed Adamu, charged officers to return to their duty posts and to defend themselves if physically attacked.
“The unity of this country lies in the support that is given to police officers because if you are demoralised, the tendency is for criminals to take over the public space and the country is relying on us to make sure that the public space is not taken over by the criminals.
"So no amount of provocation, no amount of insult would make us shy away from our responsibilities.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that residents of Lagos recently appealed to the police to return to their duty posts to ensure the safety of lives and property.
Lagosians made the plea on Tuesday, October 27, on social media platforms.
Lagos state residents said the police have deserted major roads within the state, adding that their absence has increased the cases of looting of private shops by the hoodlums.
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