Strike will be treated as mutiny, IG warns Policemen

By Post Nigeria March 6, 2015 10:16

Strike will be treated as mutiny, IG warns Policemen

The Inspector-General, of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has strongly cautioned personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to be guided against any attempt to proceed on strike or any form of indiscipline whatsoever as he has ruled such acts as tantamount to rebellion.

Abba, reacting to apparent threats by the Policemen to embark on strike on March 28, which has been scheduled for national elections, because of unpaid arrears, warned that any officer caught in such insubordinate acts will be arrested and be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, in line with the Police Regulation and the Laws of the Federation.

In his media address on Thursday in Abuja, he urged members of the force to not be dissuaded by unnamed members of the public who were bent on inciting them to disrespect their oath of office.

He also assured that work was already in progress to commence the payment of the said arrears beginning with promoted officers according to their new ranks.

His statement read, “It has come to the notice of the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba that some members of the public have adopted the mischievous path of inciting junior police officers to disrespect their oath of office.

“The IG wishes to draw attention to the dangers inherent in police officers disobeying superior orders and acting outside the code of conduct. It does not portend well for public safety and security, and is a threat to our democracy.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Police Force will never tolerate any iota of indiscipline in the form of a strike, or work-to-rule among its personnel.

“Any officer found to be engaged in such a despicable act will be arrested and sanctioned in line with the Police Regulation and the laws of the federation.”