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Lawyer asks court to stop planned Police strike

An activist and lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to restrain officers of the Nigerian Police Force, from embarking on strike from March 28, 2015 a day scheduled for the presidential election.

He is contending that if the police should down tools and go on strike, their action would hinder or frustrate the exercise of Nigerians civic duty to participate in the elections, since they would become apprehensive and anxious about their safety.

According to Adegboruwa, elections were usually characterised by violence in some areas, therefore, allowing the police to embark on strike could scuttle the elections.

He is arguing that being categorised as part of those rendering essential services, the police cannot go on strike, since the Police Act makes it mandatory for them to offer protection for life and property.

Respondents in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba and the Nigeria Police Force.

Adegboruwa is praying the court to declare that the respondents, their officers, employees and all policemen and policewomen under them, being within the rank of those who are rendering essential services of offering protection for the life and properties, amongst others, are not entitled to disengage from or withdraw such service, under any guise whatsoever.


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