The Nigeria Police Force has said that it is a regimented organisation that is governed by extant laws following a call by actress Shan George for an end to the dismissal of erring police personnel.
Shan George had made a video on Instagram where she advised the police to either demote, suspend or reduce the salaries of personnel found guilty of any misconduct rather than dismissal.
She said: “So I woke up this morning and am hearing about another policeman that has been dismissed for misconduct or maybe one offense or another.
“I’m thinking that not a good idea to be dismissing them. You can demote, you can suspend, you can reduce the salary.
“You now have to actually dismiss them and put them back into the society as jobless people.
“A qualified policeman who has been doing a police job for while and now back on the street as Jobless. What do you think about it? That’s not just right please.”
Reacting to her statement, Force PRO Muyiwa Adejobi said, according to The Nation, that the Force is not a social club, cooperative society, or association but a regimented organisation.
“Those dismissed policemen are not fit to be in the NPF. NPF is not a social club, or cooperative society, or association, it’s a regimented organisation, established and guided by the CFRN and other extant laws.
“It takes someone who has read the law or gone through the Nigeria Police Act 2020 or the Public Service Rules, or the Administration of CJ Act, to criticise the decision of the NPF management team on disciplinary matters, even at times, most of their misdeeds are criminal,” he said.
Adejobi added that those who criticise the police should study the records of service and history of the dismissed officers before further reactions.