By JAMES EZEMA
Following the killing of police officers during the hijacked EndSARS protests across the country, the Police Service Commission has while lamenting the death of officers on duty, said it will not force policemen to return to duty.
The Commission made this clear while reacting to a publication suggesting that it has threatened to dismiss men of the police force who refused to return to their duties.
In a statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations on Saturday, Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission noted that it can only plead with officers to, in the spirit of nationalism, return to work while the government works out enough protective programmes for them.
The statement reads, “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 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 programs for them.
“The Commission will continue to do its best to ensure the police are motivated to do its job”, adding that being the employers of the Police, the Commission is “pained that Police men were killed and stations set ablaze throughout the country.“
According to the Commission, “it will be very insensitive at this point for anyone to say that the Commission will dismiss any policeman 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”, the Commission lamented.