No plan by officers to embark on strike, says NPF

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says reports circulating on social media platforms that officers plan to embark on a strike action is “fake news”.

There were posts on social media platforms yesterday that officers plan to commence a two-week strike from March 26 over “poor working conditions”.

But in a statement issued yesterday by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, acting force spokesman, the NPF urged the public to dismiss the reports.

“The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state unequivocally that the alleged publication is fake and a mischievous attempt by unscrupulous individuals to bring the Force to disrepute, misinform the general public and heat up the polity,” the statement reads.

“It is pertinent to restate that the Nigeria Police Force is a regimented and disciplined organisation with laid down rules and guidelines for addressing grievances and in no circumstance is a strike action one of such means.

“The men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are fully aware that a strike action or other deliberate disruption of law enforcement services by any security organisation is mutinous and the personnel of the Force would not degenerate at any point to that level of disloyalty and indiscipline, as policing services are paramount and essential in the maintenance of orderliness and peace in the nation.

“It is pertinent to emphasise that the IGP is accelerating efforts to ensure the full implementation of the increment of salaries and allowances proposed by the President and approved by the Federal Executive Council.

“It is important to accentuate that it was the President’s initiative without any demand from the Police to direct the process of increasing salaries and allowances.”