In a recent turn of events, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has thrown its weight behind the directive of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun, calling on officers aged 60 or those with 35 years of service to submit letters of voluntary retirement promptly.
Egbetokun’s memo, shared with all members of the force, emphasized the necessity of adhering to Public Service Rule (PSR) 020810 i and ii, which dictates a mandatory retirement age of 60 or after 35 years of pensionable service. The directive aims to address the prevalent issue of officers defying retirement norms, rendering their actions null and void.
The PSC has urged affected officers to comply with the IG’s directive, emphasizing that failure to retire upon reaching the stipulated age constitutes a breach of the Public Service Rule. In an exclusive telephone interview, PSC spokesperson Ikechukwu Ani stressed, “The retirement age for public service is 60 years or 35 years of service, so it’s not something new; when you’re 60, you retire.”
Despite this, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, expressed unawareness of such an order, deflecting inquiries to the PSC and denying the IG’s involvement. Adejobi remarked, “I am not aware of any order of such from the IGP. Perhaps you find out from the PSC.”
As the controversy unfolds, the clash of statements between the PSC and the Police Force adds a layer of complexity to the enforcement of retirement regulations within the Nigerian Police, leaving questions about internal communication and adherence to established service rules.