Police Strike: Presidential Aspirant to mobilise support for 9 cops dismissed by IGP
Presidential aspirant and activist, Omoyele Sowore, has said he would fight for the nine policemen dismissed by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, over the planned industrial action.
It will be recalled that junior police officers in the NPF had threatened to go on strike over poor salary structure, lack of sophisticated weapons, delay in promotion among other lacks, which the police authorities spiritedly warned against.
But while the aggrieved junior officers had shelved the strike plan after much intervention, the police authorities took a surprising action by dismissing about nine senior officers in the force on Tuesday with the claim that they were the brains behind the purported strike earlier slated for March 26.
The sacked officers comprising two Inspectors, five Sergeants and two Constables were reportedly dismissed after an orderly room trial, which indicted the officers and had them de-kitted as well as deleted from the police payroll.
But in his reaction on Wednesday, Sowore asked Nigerians to link him up with dismissed officers, who he said were being “victimised” by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for planning what he called a legitimate strike action.
His words: “If you know how I can reach these Nigeria Police Force men victimised by the Muhammadu Buhari regime for planning a legitimate strike action, I will be happy to mobilise legal support for them, they’re heroes! #WeCantContinueLikeThis.”