The Nigeria Police Force has suspended two female police officers for violating the provisions of the Police Act 2020 and the 2013 NPF Guidelines for Recruitment, Promotion and Discipline of the Redundant Police.
In a statement from its public relations officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday, the Force noted that the two suspended redundant officers, Blessing Obaze with SPY number 5709 and Emmanuella Obaze with SPY number 5708, had adorned themselves with conventional police uniforms as opposed to the code that controls the SPY service.
One of them also held the rank of Chief Inspector of Police, which violates existing laws.
“They portrayed themselves in the viral video and other videos as being undisciplined and unprofessional, in violation of police social media policies, with acts glorifying ill-gotten wealth and ill-fame, which has attracted widespread condemnation from members of the public.” The statement has been partially read.
Police Inspector General Usman Baba has also issued strict warnings about the incessant use of police uniforms restricted to bona fide serving Force officers, adding that it is illegal and unwarranted.
The statement added: “The Redundant Police, through the combined effects of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigerian Police Guidelines for Recruitment, Promotion and Discipline of Redundant Police, 2013 has been established solely to supplement the services of regular police officers when needed. by ministries, departments, agencies, multinationals and banks, who request and pay for their training after approval and cover their emoluments for the period of their engagement. (Articles 21-24 of the Police Act, 2020).
“It is equally important to state that in accordance with Article 25(2)(3) of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment, Promotion, Discipline of the Supernumerary Police, 2013, issued by the IG, the mode of dressing for the SPY Police forces its SPY officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police not to wear uniforms.
“Likewise, existing laws determine the supernumerary uniform. It says they must wear their approved uniform, an ash colored shirt with ‘SPY’ inscriptions all over, over black with a shoulder badge with the word ‘surnumerary’. Hence, redundant officers who adorn police uniforms, neon blue, or camouflage uniforms violate the law and are appropriately sanctioned.”