IGP: No female police officer residing with spouse in barracks will be ejected

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on Wednesday disclosed that no female police officer will be ejected from Police barracks across the country for residing there with a civilian spouse.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba made this known in a Press statement held on Wednesday.

The Police PRO further revealed that the IGP made this assertions while reacting to the incidence which purportedly took place in Enugu State Police Command, where the State Command stated that women Police personnel residing in the Barracks with their civilian husbands should vacate before January 31, 2022.

He said the IGP has ordered investigations into the viral signal to ensure that disciplinary action is taken against any person(s) found wanting.

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According to him, “The IGP, is displeased with the said “directive”, and described it as unlawful, discriminatory, obnoxious, reprehensive and totally out of tune with the concept of equality as enshrined in our Constitution. He noted that the “directive” is not in line with the Force Gender Policy which institutionalizes gender equality as a core value in the Nigeria Police Force. The IGP further noted that a Police Force that has produced several top-ranking, successful female officers, including Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), State Command Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders, DPOs, eminent Spokespersons, an Olympic Gold Medallist, amongst others, will never take such a retrogressive step.

“Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered the Force Provost Marshal to carry out immediate investigations into the viral document and assures strong disciplinary measures against any person(s) found guilty of such offence. He calls on members of the public, particularly, female Police Officers and their families, who might have become troubled as a result of the irrational directive, to ignore the order as such illegal order is null and void and will never take effect.  The IGP further assures that the Force remains committed to advancing the general well-being, rights and privileges of its personnel, irrespective of rank or gender.”

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