The Nigeria Police Force has a track record of unleashing mayhem on harmless citizens. The recent indiscriminate and extra – judicial killing, brutalization and extortion of harmless Nigerians by the law enforcement agency are products of long – standing despotic political structure, social inequality and economic exploitation which are prevalent modus operandi in Nigerian system.
IGP orders immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the @PoliceNG which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system to the traditional 8-hours, 3-shifts duty standard while declaring open the conference of heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force HQ pic.twitter.com/boa51wYnW8
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) April 25, 2019
Is police brutality on the rise on Nigeria or are people just waking up to it? So many horrific videos?
— Lanre (@LanreAA) April 20, 2019
Best ways we can shut Omotola up is to:
1. Provide stable power
2. Stop police brutality
3. Improve wealth acquisition
4. Sustain the peace in NorthWest
5. Grow our economy
6. Boost employment
7. Restructure more
8. Make Nigeria more habitable
We need to make Nigeria better.
— ᴏᴍᴀsᴏʀᴏ ᴀʟɪ ᴏᴠɪᴇ™☤ (@ovieali) April 16, 2019
However, in a swift reaction, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
While declaring open the Conference of Heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force HQ on Thursday, April 25, 2019, the IGP announced that the current 12-hour two shifts system should be reversed to the traditional 8-hour three shifts system.
The directive means no police officer should be made to perform any duty exceeding eight hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency.
The IGP said the decision is in line with arguments raised in certain quarters that incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
He said, “Policing being a highly demanding job physically, mentally and psychologically, it is pertinent to note that efficiency in discharge of Police duties requires a good state of physical, mental and psychological wellbeing.
“Indeed, arguments have been raised that the resonating incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
“In consideration of this, I have ordered that, with immediate effect, the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system should be reverted to the traditional 8-hours, 3-shifts shift standard.
“This directive is specifically informed by the need to address a major, age-long occupational stress or which long hours of duty engenders among personnel in the Nigeria Police Force and which occasions depression and abuse of power and other unprofessional conducts.
“For purpose of clarity, henceforth, no police personnel should be made to perform any duty exceeding 8-hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency.
“All of these, if not medically managed, could engender unprofessional reactions with fatal consequences to the affected police personnel and members of the public.”
Source: Pulse News