- Some police officers claim they have had portions from their salaries deducted
- The officers across the country are seeking explanations on why their salaries are being cut
- They also complained about the lateness in the payment of their monthly salaries
Some Nigerian police personnel have been lamenting over reduction in their salaries for the past few months, adding that the situation has worsened their economic plight, Premium Times reports.
Cutting across states, police officers, said they have had portions from their salaries deducted especially for the months of February, March and April.
NAIJ.com gathered that officers who preferred to remain anonymous said efforts to get explanations from the police authorities have not been fruitful, adding that they besieged the police force headquarters, police command and the office of the accountant-general of the federation seeking explanations on why their salaries are being cut.
A driver to one of the assistant commissioners of police in Abuja, who is also a sergeant said since the beginning of the year N15,000 was being deducted from his salary monthly. He said this had adversely affected his spending power. He said despite formal complaints made by him to the authorities, he is yet to be given a reason for the deduction.
A female Inspector who is serving in the Lagos Command similarly said she came to Abuja to complain about the monthly deduction of N27,000 from her salary for the past few months. She said the salary she receives is hardly enough to cater for her family and that the deduction had added to her financial plight. The inspector appealed to the police authorities to look into the matter so as to bring reprieve to ”many of her colleagues who are also affected”.
Another female officer at the Force Headquarters also said her March salary was cut and even though she had laid a formal complaint, she is yet to get the funds back or any explanation.
Another police officer, who did not give her rank said though she was not affected, she knew at least five Inspectors who are affected by the deductions. The officer said: ”I know at least five Inspectors who say that N27, 000 is being deducted from their salaries monthly. Of course we know there are some normal deductions like tax and pension which we are already used to and is known. But nobody seems to know what these new deductions are for. You need to to visit the pay office or Accountant General office to see police men and women with numerous complaints.”
The police officers also complained about the lateness in the payment of their monthly salaries, urging the authorities to look into the matter.
”Most times, we collect our salaries 10 to 15 days into a new month and this is not good enough. This is even worse when there is a public holiday or festivities. The little we get paid needs to be given to us at least on time so as to dissuade us from engaging in corrupt acts,” one of the officers said.
However, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, has explained the short payment of salaries as experienced by some of its personnel.
”The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has assured the Nigeria Police Force that salary short payment for police personnel for the month of April, 2018 was due to system error and is being promptly resolved.
"All other issues relating to payment of salary to Police personnel are being addressed. The affected personnel will according to OAGF get the salary differential paid on or before Monday, May 7th, 2018.
”Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of State and Zonal Commands, and Heads of other formations and detachment in the Force have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to lecture and educate their personnel who have any complaint from payment of February, March and April 2018 Salary that their complaints are being rectified.
”Affected police personnel are enjoined not to panic as the Force is doing everything in conjunction with Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to ensure that all the identified problems in the payment of salary of Police personnel across the country are permanently resolved," he said.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris said the force loses 9,028 officers to death, dismissal and retirement annually. Idris made the disclosure at the monthly meeting with commissioners of police on Wednesday, February 21, in Abuja.
The IGP said that the development had seriously affected the manpower of the force. He noted that the 308, 000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country.
The police boss said that the country was far below the UN standard of one policeman to 400 persons. He added that the federal government had approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen into the rank and file.
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