The Police Service Commission, PSC, has asked of the Nigerian Police to return to their duty posts or risk sacked.
THE PARROT observed that a lot of police officers have left their duty post empty following the ENDSARS protests turned bloody that saw over over 22 policemen
Spokesperson of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, stated that the killing of police officers was painful but should not be a reason for police operatives in the country to abandon their duty of protecting the nation.
“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.
“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,” he said.
Section 030402 of the Public Service Rules lists absence from duty without leave as serious misconduct, which can be investigated and if proved, may lead to dismissal.
Ani also warned against further attacks on police officers, saying it 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,” he said.
Several reports indicate that policemen had stayed away from blackspots and their duty posts following the killing of their colleagues by suspected hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests.
“When you make Nigeria lawless and ungovernable, there would be a situation nobody would be able to control,” Ani stated.