- The House of Representatives sets up an ad-hoc committee to probe alleged deductions from police salary
- The lawmakers argue that the alleged deductions run into billions of naira
- Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe complains that some policemen have not been paid salaries for months
The House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 5, passed a resolution to begin the probe of alleged deductions in the salary of some police officers in the country running into billions of naira.
The House, according to Daily Trust, adopted a motion by Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Cross River.
The report quoted the House as saying available records showed that there are massive deductions of up to 50 percent in the salary of policemen.
The practice, the House said, has been going on for some years now as policemen cannot say with exactitude their actual take-home pay monthly.
An ad-hoc committee of the House would investigate the matter and report back within four weeks.
Jarigbe had said: "For so many years now, no officer could say with all certainty how much he earns every month as salary because their salaries are paid in piecemeal with massive deductions, which is as much as 50 percent of the actual salary."
The lawmaker added that in the last three months, some police officers have not received their salaries and that the only official explanation given by the police authorities was that the fault was from operators of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
"For instance, a state commissioner of police who allegedly received N40,000 as salary a few months ago was upon enquiry told by the police authorities that he should refer to IPPIS office in the office of the accountant general of the federation," he said.
He argued further that policemen are currently "demeaned, neglected and rejected because they have no union to enable them cry with one voice to agitate for a better condition of work.
"The condition of service is deplorable, unattractive and non-conducive to productive enterprise, as on several occasions, policemen lose their lives to vicious and daring criminals who descend on innocent citizens across the country."
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He argued that if urgent steps were not taken to stop the indiscriminate and illegal deductions of police salaries, corruption in the Nigeria Police Force could not be completely eradicated.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, on Wednesday, May 2, snubbed the Nigerian Senate again.
The police boss went to Kaduna state instead.
The Senate had summoned IGP Idris to appear before it over the recent killings and security situation across the country.
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