The Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba yesterday instructed all zonal Assistant Inspectors General, AIGs, and Command Commissioners to strictly monitor the activities of their personnel as reports of an impending strike looms among rank and file of the Nigeria Police Force. Nationalmirror report.
Strike in the Police Force is seen as mutiny, and since 2002, the rank and file of the force have often threatened to embark on industrial action, with the threat becoming more often since April 1, 2012 when some policemen actually downed tools.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu and made available to reporters in Abuja yesterday, the IG said his decision was a direct reaction to a publication in which some policemen had threatened to go on strike.
Some police inspectors had met and demanded the release of the third batch of the “ASCON ASP Promotion Course”, which they said was “supposed to have commenced at the Police Staff College, Jos since January 2012 but was put on hold by the former IGP, Mohammed Abubakar despite a directive from the Police Service Commission to release the batch for the course.”
The communiqué, signed by Inspector James Baba, Sergeant Philip Adeojo and Pat Raphael, also called on the police authorities and the IG to pay the backlog of promotion allowances and arrears of the rank and file since 2013 to date.
It also urged the IG to address the issue of distribution of uniforms among others.
Consequently, the group said if within two weeks nothing was done on the issues affecting the welfare of the junior cadre of the force “we will have no options again than to mobilise our colleagues nationwide to embark on strike and we will not call it off until all our demands are met by the police authority.
“We do not want a repeat of the April 1, 2012 history when junior officers of the force went on strike,” the group added.