The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the South-West, Johnson Kokumo, has warned its officers to desist from any form of action that can lead to mutiny.
This is coming following the recent rumour of industrial strike action by junior officers slated for March 26, 2022.
Kokumo gave the warning on Thursday at a meeting with police officers in Ondo State Command, held at the state police officers mess, Akure.
The DIG, who arrived at the event at 2:55 pm, said he visited the command in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police for senior officers to look out for the junior ones over the planned March 26 strike, stressing that police officers will soon smile assuring that the new salary structure approved by president Muhammadu Buhari is undergoing computation.
Kokumo also reminded the police of their duties as the lead security agency in the country which is saddled with the responsibility of protecting the citizens, charging them to observe, obey the law and respect the rights of the citizens while discharging their duties.
He said: “I want to charge you to be professional in discharging your duties. Shun unethical behavior, carry out your duties with dignity, our salaries are being paid from the tax payers fund, therefore, we need to serve them with diligence. We have been sermonizing and we will continue to sermonize.
“Conduct yourself professionally. Let there be a healthy respect for the rights of the citizens we are to protect.
“We want to see a Nigerian Police Force that is people-friendly, professional and that has respect for the rights of the citizens. The public will then see us as their friends when we do these.”
The AIG in charge of Zone 17, comprising Ondo and Ekiti states, Ene Okon, assured the DIG of complete loyalty to the Nigerian Police Force, promising that the commands will remain professional in discharging its duties.
He said: “Ondo and Ekiti states are peaceful states with loyal police officers, strike is not contemplated in the state. I want to assure you that no member of this command will involve in any form of planned strike action”.