The police service commission (PSC) has called for restraints as miscreants hijack the EndSARS Protest across the country.
In a statement Entitled; EndSARS Protest PSC Calls for Restraint, Promises to Deal with Erring Police officers, Condemn Killings and Burning of Police Stations and that which was made available To Urban Express-News Online Through The Head of Public Relation, Ikechukwu Ani Said the commission has followed the recent Developments and is shocked at the level of destructions visited on innocent Nigerians, public facilities and businesses across the country by miscreants.
The commission wishes to reiterate its commitment to holding police officers, whether of the defunct special Anti-robbery (SARS) or conventional, accountable for their action and inaction and will continue to ensure instant due punishment for misconducts.
Ani said the commission only recently dismissed ten senior police officers including an Assistant inspector general of police (AIG) and reduced the rank of nine others following established cases of misconducts.
He said the commission will process and punish all policemen found culpable by the presidential panel on reform of the defunct (SARS) adding that the panel had concluded its assignment in 2018 but submitted its report to the commission on Friday 16th, October 2020, saying the commission is still awaiting the white paper on the report from the national human right commission so as to quicken its disciplinary mechanism and ensure those to be dismissed are immediately flushed out from the system.
“The commission will, however, like to condemn the unprovoked killing of policemen and woman across the country and the burning of police stations stressing that the action was barbaric and unfortunate, as its notes that police officers are also Nigerians that have sacrificed their lives and comfort for the safety of citizens and their properties and deserves nothing but commendation, support and encouragement”.
“The commission warns that any attempt to force the country into a state of lawlessness will be an ill wind that will blow nobody any good”
He said the commission will ensure that police that will emerge in the nearest future will meet the expectation of Nigerians and therefore urged to extend to them the required cooperation and support while government attends to the basic inadequacies facing the institution.
“The commission has directed the inspector general of police to handover the on-going recruitment exercise of police constables into the Nigeria police force cadre into the Nigeria Police Academy in compliance with the order of the court of appeal adding that the commission’s directive was contained in a letter to the inspector general of police and that which was signed by the commission’s chairman, musiliu smith, a retired inspector general of police, dated October 20th 2020, the statement reads!