The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has directed police formations and commands to obtain retirement letters from officers who have surpassed the statutory age or length of service. The directive, revealed through a police signal obtained by SaharaReporters, addresses the concerning trend of officers reaching 60 years of age or 35 years in service yet resisting retirement.
The police signal, issued from the IGP office, highlights the necessity for compliance with the Police Service Commission’s directive and the provisions of the Public Service Rule (PSR) 020810 i & ii. This rule specifies that the mandatory retirement age for all service grades is 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service. The signal emphatically states that no officer should remain in service beyond the retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service, whichever comes first.
The directive further declares any actions taken by officers exceeding their service duration as null and void. The IGP instructs immediate action to extract voluntary retirement letters from such officers who fall into this category.
A source within the IGP office emphasized the need for transparency, suggesting that the police authorities should publish the names of officers found in violation of their service retirement age. This move aims to reinforce accountability and uphold the stipulated retirement regulations within the Nigeria Police Force.
This significant development reflects the commitment of the Inspector-General of Police to maintain discipline, adherence to regulations, and the overall effectiveness of the police force in Nigeria.