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We Didn’t Threaten To Dismiss Police Officers Who Fail To Return To Work – PSC

The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it did not threaten to dismiss officers who fail to return to work after the #EndSARS protests.

The hitherto peaceful protests had degenerated into violence after hoodlums hijacked the movement.

No fewer than 28 policemen lost their lives to the hoodlums during the crisis. Several police stations and formations were also burnt and vandalised.

Some policemen have reportedly failed to return to work due to low morale.

In a report on Saturday, Punch quoted the spokesman of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, as saying the attack on them by hoodlums should not be an excuse for them to stay away from work.

“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,” he reportedly said.

But in a statement issued by Ani later on Saturday morning, he dismissed the report, saying the PSC did not at any time say policemen who refused to get back to work will be dismissed.

He stated that the commission can only plead with the officers to in the spirit of nationalism return to work.

The PSC spokesman noted that it would be very insensitive at this point for anyone to say that the commission will dismiss any police man who didn’t return to work.

“The attention of the Police Service Commission had been drawn to a publication in the Punch newspaper of Saturday October 31 2020 reporting that the Police Service Commission will dismiss Police officers who fail to return to work,” the statement said.

“The Police Service Commission wishes to state that it did not any time say Police men who refused to get back to work will be dismissed.

“The Commission had condemned the killing of Police officers on legitimate duties and had warned that any attempt to make the country lawless will be an illwind that will blow no body any good.

“The Commission can only plead with the officers to in the spirit of nationalism return to work while Government works out enough protective programmes for them

“The Commission will continue to do its best to ensure the police are motivated to do its job.

“The Commission being the employers of the Police is pained that Police men were killed and stations set ablaze throughout the country.

“It will be very insensitive at this point for anyone to say that the Commission will dismiss any police man who didn’t return to work.

“The Commission is even at present mourning the deaths of it’s gallant officers who were killed in the crisis.”

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