Emerging report reaching on Wednesday morning, indicates that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, has ordered the immediate dismissal of no fewer than 9 Police Officers, for publicly demanding for an increase in their salaries and welfare packages, and for also threatening to stage a nationwide protest.
Recall, that the Police Officers had specifically demanded that their minimum wage should not be lower than N100,000, asking why Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, receive much higher salaries and packages than their peers in the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.
Though the threatened strike and nationwide protest did not take place on March 26, the Police authorities went ahead to arrest the 9 Officers, who have now been dismissed.
Among them are 2 Inspectors, 5 Sergeants, and 2 Police Constables.
Their sack was conveyed through a Police message signed by the Commissioner of Police Provost, Force Headquarters, in Abuja, on April 4.
The Police wireless message said that the men were dismissed following their orderly room trial “for planning and coordinating a strike within the ranks and file of the Police”.
They were reportedly identified and subsequently arrested after their telephone calls were tracked.
The dismissed Policemen were identified as: AP/NP 287568 – Insp. Amos Nagurah; AP/No. 245800 – Insp. Nanoll Lamak; F/No. 495378 – Sgt. Emmanuel Isah; F/No. 442680 – Sgt. Franklin Agughalu; F/No. 508168 – Sgt. Adesina Ismail; F/No. 271367 – Sgt. Onoja Onuche; F/No. 508282 – Sgt. Osoteku Ademola; F/No. 525839 – Police Constable Ehighamhen Favour Ebele; and F/No. 528222 – Police Constable Ubong Inem.
They were sacked for alleged “discreditable conduct, improper conduct, breach of confidence, to wit: planning, organising, coordinating industrial strike within the ranks of the Nigeria Police Force”.
As a result, the signal addressed to all Police Commands said: “The Inspector-General has approved their dismissal from Service.”
The Commissioners of Police Commands and Formations concerned were asked to de-kit the men and eject them from the Police accommodation and facilities, and to “delete subjects from IPPIS payroll immediately”.
“The Commissioner, Welfare, to delete subjects from Police nominal roll accordingly”, the IGP ordered.