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Policemen now to bear cost of litigations — Osayande

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said any policemen or women who involves in any misconduct which eventually results in heavy fines from courts of competent jurisdictions will henceforth pay such costs.
Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Parry Osayande,  made this known in Kaduna while addressing officers and men of the state police command, yesterday.

Osayande said the PSC took the decision in view of heavy fines which the police had been made to pay through garnishee as a result of recklessness of some its officers and men.

“The commission views with seriousness the problem of default judgment and the resultant garnishee orders and
will not take kindly to the situation where officers hide court processes or involve themselves in cases of misconduct thereby leading  to judgment against the Police Force and the consequence of huge judgment debt.

“Court processes are arising from civil cases in the commands/zones should be brought to the attention of the legal unit of the commission for effective prosecution while officers involved in serious acts of misconduct would be disciplined and where necessary prosecuted and made responsible for damages resulting from such actions.

“The issue of the apparent lack of supervision of subordinates by officers is another worrisome trend in the Nigeria Police Force.

“Often times, because officers and their juniors involve themselves in acts of indiscipline and corrupt practices, the officers lack the moral courage to either correct or punish the subordinates when necessary.

“Such senior police officers exchange banters and share uncomplimentary remarks unbefitting of senior/junior officers and these result in loss of respect, discipline and break down of work ethics.

“The commission is determined to change this trend and will not hesitate to punish erring officers along with their superiors who are found incapable of taking responsibility imposed by the rank,” he said.


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