IGP suspends annual and casual leave?
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami has come up with a standing excuse that they are yet to receive an official notice of an arrest warrant issued on embattled police officer, DCP Abba Kyari days after the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba had openly admitted his office received the warrant of arrest and gone ahead to investigate Kyari.
Officials of the FBI were reported to have visited Nigeria and the Police Service Commission PSC which says it is in charge of police discipline had since Sunday approved suspension recommendation by the IGP but Umar Gwandu, an aide to AGF Abubakar Malami disclosed this on Monday that the Attorney General is in the dark about it.
He stated that the office has not received any official communication on the arrest warrant issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI on Kyari.
Although Kyari has denied all the accusations, the Inspector-general of Police, Usman Baba Alkali ordered his suspension and has setup a panel to investigate him.
On Monday night, the IGP also removed him as head of the Intelligence response Team and appointed DCP Tunji Disu as his replacement.
It will be recalled that Kyari has been in the news since last week after he was indicted in a US court of being an accomplice and associate of disgraced fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abass also known as ‘Hushpuppi’.
Meanwhile police officers are apprehensive as the IGP has suspended both casual and annual leave for personnel.
Annual leave is a paid time off work which employees grant to employers to be used for any course they please. The number of days granted depends on the policy of the organization.
Casual leave, on the other hand, is granted to an employee for unforeseen or occasional unauthorized absence
The annual leave allocated to each of the officers depends on the number of years spent and rank attained in the force.
An officer who pleaded anonymity said that this development was going to cause friction among officers in the various ranks in the force.
He lamented that a lot of them have been working from various bases away from their families since October 2020, following the #EndSARS protest that rocked the country.
He added that as a result, some of them have not been able to see their family members for a long while.
“I can assure you that this is going to cause friction among the ranks. We have been overworking without seeing our family since the end of the #EndSARS protest. Some of us have not seen our wives and children in a very long time.”
Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Mbah, said he was not aware of such development as no official statement containing the directive had been issued.