Usman Alkali Baba, Nigerian Inspector General of Police has said no female police officer will be ejected from police barracks across the country for residing therein with a civilian spouse.
The IGP said this while reacting to a notice purportedly originating from Enugu State Police Command which said female personnel occupying barracks accommodation with their civilian husbands should vacate before January 31, 2022.
CP Frank Mba, the force spokesman who conveyed the IGP’s response in a statement on Wednesday said the IGP was miffed by the said ‘directive.’
According to CP Mba, he described the directive as unlawful, discriminatory, obnoxious, reprehensive and totally out of tune with the concept of equality as enshrined in the constitution.
He explained that, the ‘directive’ is not in line with the force gender policy which institutionalizes gender mainstreaming as a core value in the Nigerian Police Force.
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 medalist, amongst others, will never walk such a retrogressive path,’ the IGP said.
He ordered the force’s provost marshal to carry out immediate investigations into the viral document and assures stern disciplinary action against any person(s) found wanting.
He called on members of the public, particularly, female police officers and their families, who might have become disturbed as a result of the unconscientious directive, to ignore same as the said illegal order is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
The IGP also gave assurances that the force remains committed to advancing the general well-being, rights and privileges of its personnel, irrespective of rank or gender.