Police Officers In Nigeria Demand Payment Of Owed Salaries
Officers of the Nigeria Police Force on Monday staged a peaceful protest over the delay in the payment of their salaries in the last few months.
The protesters, cutting across rank and file and officers of the Kaduna State Police command numbering over 2,000, protested in front of the Salaries Office inside the command's headquarters.
The officers said the police authorities are yet to pay their August and September salaries.
Some of the protesting officers accused the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, of refusing to allow the President to know the exact situation regarding the non-payment of their salaries.
“She already lied to Mr. President that all is well. How can you fight corruption and you don't pay police their two months salaries,” an officer bellowed.
Reacting to the protest, Cyril Abeh, State Commissioner of Police, said the delay in payment is from the IPPS Office and not the fault of the police. He appealed for restraint.
“They are police officers operating under the law; if they misbehave, we will deal with them according to the law. This is mutiny. I am in the field attending to a very important security matter, but will be on my way back to headquarters to address them now,” he said.
Eight Police commands, namely Kaduna, Kebbi Gombe, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Imo and Ogun, are owed August and September salaries.
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