The Lagos State Police has ordered Police senior officers to proclaim cops absconding from duty as escapees.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said the police command will not accept such act.
On Friday, during the general security meeting with divisional police officers, area commanders and heads of department in Ikeja, Odumosu said policemen who have been slothful after the #EndSARS violence would be dealt with accordingly.
In a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, titled ‘Ember months security: Lagos CP reads riot act to indolent officers’ said there was the need for policemen and officers in the state to rise up to the security challenges in Lagos, particularly during the ‘ember months’.
The Statement read in part, “The police boss noted that there is no reason or excuse for any policeman to be absent or indolent on duty despite the words of encouragement, solidarity and support from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and well meaning Nigerians, including our wives and mothers, the Police Officers Wives Association.
“He therefore warned the area commanders, DPOs and heads of department to henceforth book and declare any policeman who fails to report to duty a deserter and to deal with them according to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations.”