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Lagos Police officer laments alleged detention over attempted resignation


A police officer, named Corporal Fauzziyah Isiak has expressed her dismay at being detained by the Nigeria Police Force following her resignation.

Isiak made this known in a series of tweets via her Twitter account,.stating that she was called into the office and detained after submitting her resignation letter, despite informing them that she was on her menstrual cycle.

The officer, who is also an entrepreneur, criticized the treatment she received for wanting to resign, stating, “I never expected this. I never imagined I would be detained without being interrogated. All I did was try to resign.

“I have been attempting to resign from the Police Force since last year, but my letters were not approved.

“Yesterday, on the 24th of May, my boss called me to meet the Deputy Commissioner for an interview.”

“I thought they would finally approve my resignation, but instead, I was told that I should be detained for trial and dismissal. Shocked, I couldn’t utter a word as the officer escorted me away.”

The officer, who is also a beekeeper, further explained, “Later, I learned that I should have begged and cried, but my lack of reaction only worsened the situation.

“After everything sank in, I felt overwhelmed. Since yesterday, I haven’t changed my clothes or shoes. I can’t even replace my sanitary pad. I have an intense migraine, and exhaustion is consuming me.”

“My mother called to inform me that she has been advised to come and plead for me to continue working. I have been working for 6 years, and I believe it is fair to allow someone to leave if they no longer wish to stay.

“I have always been easygoing, and this is my first time in such a situation. I have always worked in the administrative department, particularly in the religious department of the Nigeria Police. I believe in pursuing everything with passion, and I remove myself when I feel I can no longer give my full attention to a job or career.”

“I don’t know how long I will be held here, but I really need to sleep. If the women at the provost’s office hadn’t given me some Paracetamol yesterday afternoon, I might not have survived until now. I don’t know how long this detention will last, but I would appreciate a blanket and a sanitary pad.

“The cold is draining the life out of me. As I sit here throughout the night, with mosquitoes buzzing in my ears, I keep questioning why someone who could have approved my resignation and guided me instead chose to hold me down and subject me to humiliation.”

Isiak also expressed her concern for her mother, who had to come to Ikeja to plead on her behalf. She said, “My mother has never had to worry about me before, and now she has to do it without my dad.”

She also expressed her wish for her late father’s assistance, stating, “I really want to go home. I don’t know who will read this. My phone’s battery is dying. This is a cry for help. I want to go home. Please find me, Fauzziyah Ebunoluwa Isiak,” she tweeted.

In response to her tweets and accusations, Superintendent Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, explained that resigning from the Nigerian Police Force is not as swift as in the private sector. He revealed that Isiak was absent from duty for 21 days without leave or permission, which led to her detention by the police.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Command stated that submitting a resignation is one thing, but the processing of the application is another matter. He emphasized that until an officer receives the discharge certificate, they remain a serving member of the Force, bound by all rules and regulations of service.

“Absence from duty for twenty-one days without permission automatically results in your being declared a deserter. Every serving member knows this.

“Corporal Fauzziyah Isiak, who serves in the office of the Imam of the Command, without leave, permission or discharge from service, absconded from duty for over a month, in flagrant disregard for the conditions of service she willingly signed to.

“For this offense against discipline, she was detained yesterday for the commencement of her orderly room trial today,” he wrote.

In his tweet, he also accused her of maliciously bringing the name of the Force into disrepute by distorting/misrepresenting facts – a discreditable conduct that amounts to another disciplinary offence.

“She would have an opportunity to explain herself at the trial, after which a decision will be made,” he said.



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