Reinstatement: Obey court order, retired policemen tell IG

Some retired police officers have asked the Inspector-General of Police, the Police Service Commission, and the Force Secretary to reinstate them following an order of the National Industrial Court in April 2022, The PUNCH reports.

The aggrieved officers, in a statement signed by their leader, Emmanuel Idris, claimed that they were forcefully retired from service before age 60 and less than 35 years in service.

They noted that they joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1996, 1999, and 2000, and are protesting the alleged failure of the IG to reinstate them despite a court order.

The PUNCH reports that the NIC presided over by Justice Oyebiola Oyewumi, had on April 19, 2022, asked the IG, the PSC, and the Force Secretary to reinstate the officers who were retired from service.

Justice Oyewumi gave the verdict in suit No. NICN/ABJ/281/2021, filed by Messrs Egong Egong, Omeh Okechukwu, Paul Umoh and Galadima Bello.

The officers, through their counsel, had approached the court seeking an order to nullify their retirement.

Their counsel, Godwin Okoro, had asked the IG, the PSC, and the Force Secretary to show a cause why they should not be committed to prison for their refusal to obey a court order that reinstated the officers.

In a letter dated January 23, 2023, addressed to the IG, signed by the court registrar, Mrs Rufai Ahmed, the court warned the IG and other defendants against disobeying the court judgment.

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