Alleged Police Strike Action: NPF dismiss report; says it’s fake and mischievous
• As IGP Assures of Reinvigorated Commitment to Effectively Securing Nigeria.
The Nigeria Police high authority in the Force Headquarters in Abuja has denied news making rounds on social media alleging some members of the Force planned to embark on strike action from March 26, 2022.
The NPF described the news as “fake” and a “mischievous attempt” by unscrupulous individuals to bring the Force to disrepute, misinform the general public and heat the polity.
The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement that NPF “is a regimented and disciplined organization with laid down rules and guidelines for addressing grievances and in no circumstance is a strike action one of such means.”
“The men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are fully aware that a strike action or other deliberate disruption of law enforcement services by any security organization is mutinous, and the personnel of the Force would not degenerate at any point to that level of disloyalty and indiscipline, as policing services are paramount and essential in the maintenance of orderliness and peace in the nation,” CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said.
The statement obtained by Standard Gazette, added, “It is pertinent to emphasize that the IGP is accelerating efforts to ensure the full implementation of the increment of salaries and allowances proposed by the President and approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“It is important to accentuate that it was the President’s initiative without any demand from the Police to direct the process of increasing salaries and allowances. The Federal Government is therefore fully committed to the implementation of the new salary package.
“Since that approval, the Salaries and Wages Commission has issued an implementation circular, the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs and the IGP have been working with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to ensure the stoppage of tax deductions as directed by the President and approved by the Federal Executive Council”.
The statement further said the inspector-General of Police reiterates the police officers under his leadership are well motivated with the ongoing reforms, especially the provision of kits, accoutrements, body armour, the cooperative society’s housing scheme, the renovation of training schools, upgrade of police training curriculum, procurement and deployment of technology to boost ICT-driven policing.
“The IGP equally assures that the Police are committed to discharging their duties to the nation as expected and renew their commitment to ensuring public safety and the protection of lives and property of all and sundry.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.