The Police Service Commission, PSC, has cautioned policemen who abandoned their duty posts following the killing of about 22 officers during the violence that ensued in the aftermath of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.
According to the PSC, Public Service Rules, which also applies to men and women of the Nigeria Police Force, prescribes dismissal for any officer that deserted his or her job.
The commission while stressing that policemen did not deserve to be killed, however noted that the attack on cops by hoodlums should not be an excuse for them to stay away from work.
Ikechukwu Ani, PSC spokesperson said the attacks on the police were unwise “because when you make Nigeria lawless and ungovernable, there would be a situation nobody would be able to control.”
He warned officers to return to their duty posts or risk being dismissed from the force.
“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.
“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,” Mr Ani said.
He added, “It would be an ill-wind that blows nobody any good but it is not a reason for anybody to say he won’t go to work. If you don’t go to work, the Public Service Rules will take its course.”