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June 12, NLC strike: IGP rallies officers, men to forestall breach of peace, untoward acts

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“I charge you all to remain focused while monitoring the election tribunals and the proposed industrial actions across the country”

Ahead of June 12 democracy day and the proposed industrial action by organized labor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, has urged officers and men of the Police to redouble their efforts in maintaining peace, order, and stability of the polity

Baba alerted them to what he called prevailing and projected threats across the country, including the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal and the emerging threat of industrial strike by the organized labour.

He charged them to develop proactive crime management mechanisms to ensure peace is sustained in the country.

The IGP, who spoke at a strategic meeting with police managers on Monday in Abuja, pointed out “potential security threats posed after the fuel subsidy removal” and urged them to redouble their efforts and remain focused.

Baba said: “Regardless of the quantum of achievements recorded within the period under review and the successful democratic transitioning that happened on the 29th of May, 2023, there still remains prevailing and projected threats across the country, including the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal with the emerging threat of industrial strike action.

“Consequently, we shall not rest on our oars, rather we must redouble our efforts to maintain the needed peace and stability of our democracy. This is critically important as we also prepare for the nation’s Democracy Day (June 12).

“In so doing, I charge you all to remain focused while monitoring the election tribunals and the proposed industrial actions across the country. You must develop proactive crime management mechanisms to forestall any untoward acts from political and non-political actors.”

On crime and criminalities across the country, the Police boss disclosed that 3,619 suspects were arrested while 316 kidnapped victims were rescued and 486 assorted firearms also recovered.

“Despite the commendable achievements gained in the last five months, the force will not rest their oars.”

“It is the same reason why I forbid transferring of cases from lower Commands to higher ones indiscriminately.

“I assure you that going forward, the Force Management Team under my leadership will be viewing such professional infractions with more severe disciplinary actions and sanctions such that the burden of garnishee orders will rest solely on the individuals involved in such malpractices.

“You are hereby warned to instill this discipline in your officers and men so that you will not be held vicariously liable as well as the retiring officers who will be vacating,” Persecondnews quotes Baba as saying.

The IGP said officers should brace up for minor Force re-organization very soon, adding that it will be based on merit and vacancies.

“I wish to assure the law-abiding citizens of this country of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to a peaceful and serene civil space under my watch as we continue to sustain the framework that has been producing gains recorded in securing our great nation.

“We shall also continue to leverage on the support of the Federal Government as we re-evaluate internal security dynamics and adapt our strategies towards ensuring that the current downward trend in crime across the country is sustained,” the IGP said.

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