The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday ordered a return to the initial shift duty structure in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with immediate effect.
The shift he was referring to is the traditional 8-hour, 3-shift duty standard which the police used to observe, but which has since been replaced with a 12-hour, 2-shift system.
IGP Adamu gave the order while declaring open the conference of heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Part of the order which was posted on the force official Twitter handle read:
“For purpose of clarity, henceforth, no police personnel should be made to perform any duty exceeding 8-hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency.
“This directive is specifically informed by the need to address a major age-long occupational stress or which long hours of duty engenders among personnel in the Nigeria Police Force and which occasions depression and abuse of power and other unprofessional conducts.
“In consideration of this, I have ordered that with immediate effect, the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system should be reverted to the traditional 8- hours, 3-shifts shift standard.
“Indeed, arguments have been raised that the resonating incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
“Policing being a highly demanding job physically, mentally and psychologically, it is pertinent to note that efficiency in discharge of Police duties requires a good state of physical, mental and psychological wellbeing.”