NLC Warns Police Against Double Standards, Involvement In Partisan Politics

policeThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the police not to involve itself in politics but remain neutral in all their dealings.

The union was speaking on the backdrop of recent disruptions of meetings of members of the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja as well as the dispersal and use of tear-gas on striking lecturers across the country as they staged peaceful rallies on the lingering ASUU-FG face-off.

The union which noted that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has been working tirelessly to reposition the police and restore public confidence in the force, said the real acid test lies in the security agency’s impartiality and fairness in handling the security of citizens.

In a statement on Tuesday signed by its National Vice Chairman, Comrade Issa Aremu, the union condemned the way and manner the police halted and tear gassed peaceful striking lecturers “while the same police supervised anti-ASUU protests”.

He added: “This double standard in policing is unacceptable. The police seem to have created an impression of taking sides in the current crisis rocking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by disrupting peaceful assembly of ‘dissidents’, including serving governors who are themselves security officers of their states as well as senators”.

Aremu called on the IGP to as a matter of urgency call to order his state commissioners as well as Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the country to obey the police code of conduct and discharge their responsibilities to all stakeholders in the Nigerian project with fairness and justice.

-Daily Trust