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Ignore inciting social media post, commission tells police officers

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Ignore inciting social media post, commission tells police officers


Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Police Service Commission has asked police officers to be professional and civil in the discharge of their duties.

It also admonished them to ignore an inciting social media post asking them to go outside their rules of engagement.

The PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said this in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘PSC insists on professional conduct, says police must operate within the law.’

The social media post being referred to by the commission read in part, “Every police (Officer) that dies for civilian again, he is on his own … Do the needful police work and remain alive for your children and families.”

The post was made against the backdrop of the killing of policemen by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests across the country.

But the commission said police operatives were expected to conduct themselves with the highest degree of patriotism and in obedience with the rules of engagement.

It stated, “The Commission feels that this moment does not call for incitement but a complete renewal of faith in the Nigerian project. The Police are expected to conduct themselves with the highest degree of patriotism and in obedience with its rules of engagement.

“The Commission is doing it’s best to see that the welfare of the officers and men are enhanced and worthy of their sacrifice to the Nigerian nation. The Commission is also seeking a complete and comprehensive overhaul of its logistics so that it will be equipped to discharge its constitutional responsibilities.”

Ani said police officers were required to play a leading role in the search for peace and progress in the country.

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The Commission once again commiserated with the families of officers who lost their lives and wished those who were injured during the crisis a quick recovery.

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