- There is a bit of panic in a major road in Kaduna state
- This is because Nigerian police personnel of attached to the state police command have taken over the road protesting non-payment of their salaries
- The protesters are said to be over 2,000 police personnel
A report by Premium Times indicates that Nigerian Police personnel are presently carrying out a protest due to non-payment of their salaries in Kaduna state.
According to the report, the protesters have not been paid their August and September salaries.
Eight police commands namely: Kaduna, Kebbi Gombe, Nasarawa, Ekiti ,Bayelsa, Imo and Ogun are said to be owing August and September salaries.
The protest reportedly cuts across the rank and file of the Kaduna state command and over 2000 protesters are participating in the peaceful exercise.
The protesters are said to have gathered in front of the salaries office inside the Kaduna state police command headquarters.
Cyril Abeh, the state commissioner of police, who said the delay in payment was from the finance ministry’s IPPS office and not the fault of the police, appealed for restraint.
Reacting to the action of his subordinates, Cyril Abeh, the state commissioner of police said: “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.”
The police boss added that the delay in payment was from the finance ministry’s IPPS office and not the fault of the police, even as he appealed for restraint.
Some of the protesting officers accused the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, of refusing to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to know the ”exact situation regarding the non payment of the police 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 was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, a group known as Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Integrity and Justice, has demanded for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris within five working days.
The group comprising of various groups, made the demand at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, October 8.
NAIJ.com gathered that the groups are Lawyers Integrity Crusade Network, National Association of Nigerian Students, National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Youth Democratic Congress and other Civil Society Organizations.
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