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You either proceed or face sanctions - Police IG warns officers over alleged protest

Posted: 30 December, 2016 at 11:07 am

The Nigerian Police Force have warned any of its officers who refuses his new posting to be ready of the consequences.

This is after recent reports that about 1,260 its men from the south-western part of the country have protested against their transfer to northern states.

The statement from Don Awunah, a deputy commissioner of police, warned that any police officer who disobeyed the order from Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris would be sanctioned.

“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report captioned: '1,260 policemen from s-west protest transfer to northern states'.

“The report was in its entirety false, mischievous and capable of misleading the members of the public. The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer,”

You either proceed or face sanctions - Police IG warns officers over alleged protest

“It is factual to state that transfers, reorganisations and postings in the Nigeria Police Force are routine and administrative. Officers and men of the force are rotated to maximize their efficiency and effective service delivery for the force,”

the statement said.

“A thorough reading of the report shows that the signal quoted, 'CB4770/FS/FHQ/ABJ/ VOL.5/232', purportedly mandating the affected policemen from south-west to assemble in Kaduna on January 4, 2017, was for the transfer of officers from Kaduna state to neighbouring states and from neighbouring states to Kaduna state to contend the security challenges in Kaduna state.

“This is not consistent with extant practices and tradition of the service. To this extent the publication with all the allegations contained, is completely untrue and a futile distraction.

“It is important to enlighten the public that police officers are subject to movements, transfers and postings within the Force and other lawful assignments while in service.

“Refusal to proceed on postings and protest in this regard is serious misconduct not only in the Nigeria Police Force but in every government/public agency which could attract commensurate sanctions,”

The police authorities reminded its men that the agency is a federal security organisation with an Inspector-General that is empowered by relevant provisions to effect transfers, postings and redeployments of its personnel as deemed fit to position.

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