The Police Service Commission has frowned at the refusal of some policemen to return to their duty posts following the killing of about 22 cops during the violence that broke out in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests across the country.
The PSC while admonishing policemen to put the unfortunate death of their colleagues during the #Endsars protest behind them, said they should remember the Public Service Rules, which also applies to members of the Nigeria Police Force. The rule prescribes dismissal for any officer that deserted his/her job.
The PSC said though policemen do not deserve to be killed but need to be protected as fellow human beings, stressed that the attack by hoodlums should not be an excuse for them to stay away from work.
PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said the attacks on the police were not good for the country because it may lead to a lawless and ungovernable society.
“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.
The PSC spokesperson cautioned against further attacks on law enforcement agents, describing such incidents as an ill-wind that could lead to anarchy.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of PSC, Musiliu Smith, has urged the police to rejig their anti-crime strategies, assuring officers and men of the Force of improved welfare.
He spoke when he inspected some of the damaged police formations in the Lagos State Command alongside some retired senior officers.