*Said begging run-away police operatives to resume is dangerous for Nigerians:
The prominent non-governmental organization – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIW) has frowned at the refusal of many police operatives to resume their duties soon after the violence that characterized the hijack of the peaceful #ENDSARS Nationwide protests by armed hoodlums. The group expressed strong apprehension that begging run-away police operatives to resume is dangerous for the security of the citizens since they may turn out being vindictive and revengeful for the violence unleashed on the police by some hired armed thugs who were procured by central government officials so as to destroy the peaceful protests against police excessive deployment of force and the deployment of extrajudicial killings of civilians as policing tactics.
Also, the Rights group has expressed shock that the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has been travelling all across the Police formations to beg absentee Police Operatives to resume their duties and even encouraging them to use their weapons in a manner that suggest that the people ate their enemies. ” We deplore this primitive communication skills of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu which appears to be conveying an unlawful order for his operatives who have so far refused to return to work to do so and be ready to use their weapons for so called self defence as if to say the people of Nigeria are the enemies of the police”.
HURIWA therefore says the inability of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to restore order and professional discipline in such a way that the extant laws regarding absence without leave for the Operatives, is a deliberately undermined and sabotage including the wilful flouting of the Nigeria Police Force (establishment) Act of 2020 by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
Besides, the rights group has condemned the hierarchy of the near-moribund Police Service Commission (PSC) FOR FAILLING TO DISMISS Police Operatives who have still failed to return to work as a result of the unwarranted and despicable violence unleashed by armed hoodlum on Police formations and Operatives.
“The Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission have therefore breached the clear provisions of the 2020 Police Act and the enabling Act setting up the Police Service Commission even as the group said if President Buhari truly wishes to restore the rule of law, law and order and efficient policing, then he should sack both the IGP Mohammed Adamu and the PSC Chairman for their professional misconduct of not being able to enforce relevant laws to compel the Police Operatives who are staying away from their duties and are being begged to return.
HURIWA recalled that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had urged police officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) not to shy away from performing their constitutional responsibilities in order not to put the society in trouble.
Adamu gave the charge during his official visit to the Oyo State Police Command, Ibadan, and the Ogun State Police Command, Abeokuta, in the wake of the EndSARS protests where some officers were killed and police stations burnt.
HURIWA said the IGP urged the officers not to be demoralised by the attacks, saying that neglecting their constitutional duty of protecting life and property would let the criminals have a free day in perpetrating their heinous crime acts even as he said thus:”No amount of insult, no amount of attacks should prevent you from performing your constitutional duty. We encourage you to go out and perform your duty the way you have been trained.“You must follow the protocol and be civil in doing it. At the point of doing your job, be encouraged and if anything happens in the course of doing it, we will stand behind you but never shy away,” Adamu said.
HURIWA cited the laws being violated by the IGP aforementioned to include the relevant provisions of the 2020 Nigerian Police Force Act: 1 The powers and functions of the inspector-General shall include:
(a) The development of an overall national policing plan with inputs from the Police Force Headquarters and all the various police formations nationwide before the end of each financial year, setting out or the objectives, cost implications and expected outcomes of policing for the next succeeding financial year;
(b) Taking into cognizance the security situation across the country based and on its population, determine the manpower distribution numerical strength after due consultation with the Police Service Commission;
(c) Administer and organised the Police Force into various components, units or groups for overall optimal performance and effectiveness
(d) ensuring regular training and re-training of police officers other staff and personnel of the Police Force and for this purpose, maintain training institutions or centres for the training of members of the Police Force;
(e) ensuring the physical mental &psychological wellbeing of all Police personnel;
(f) seeing to the welfare and conditions of service of Police personnel; and
(g) performing such other functions or exercising such powers as may be conferred on him under this Bill or any other law
2. Inspector-General shall, in addition to his functions under this section, ensure the discharge- by the Police Force of the responsibilities referred to under section 5 of this Bill, and for this Purpose, the inspector-General shall:
(a) facilitate access to legal support for suspects, accused persons or police custody;
(b) Ensure that police officers assigned to work under the relevant schemeprovide necessary assistance as may be required by legal counsel; and
(C) for the purpose of performing the functions under this section, sumit to the Attorney –General of the Federation and National Assembly an annual report on how those responsibilities referred to under section 5 (2) of this Bill are discharged.”