Police Force Public Relations Officer DCP Don Awunah in a statement denied a story by one of the national dailies on its page 11 of 29th December, 2016 edition.
Awunah said the caption was: “1,260 Policemen from S-West protest transfer to Northern States” and claimed that “the report was in its entirety false, mischievous and capable of misleading the members of the public. The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer.
He said, it is imperative to set the record straight and disabuse the minds of Police personnel and other members of the public.
The Force PRO added that “the Nigeria Police Force is a Federal Security organization and the Inspector General of Police is empowered by the relevant provisions in the Force Orders and Force Administrative Instructions to effect transfers, postings and redeployments of the personnel of the Force as deemed fit to position the Force to discharge its statutory responsibilities efficiently. A thorough reading of the report shows that the signal quoted, “CB4770/FS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.5/232, purportedly mandating the affected policemen from South West to assemble in Kaduna on January 4, 2017, was for the transfer of Officers from Kaduna State to neighbouring States and from neighbouring States to Kaduna State to contend the security challenges in Kaduna State. This is not consistent with extant practices and tradition of the Service. To this extent the publication with all the allegations contained, is completely untrue and a futile distraction.
It is important to enlighten the public that Police officers are subject to movements, transfers and postings within the Force and other lawful assignments while in service.
Awunah warned that, “refusal to proceed on postings and protest in this regard is serious misconduct not only in the Nigeria Police Force but in every Government/Public agency which could attract commensurate sanctions.”