An unusual scene occurred in Kaduna on Monday when hundreds of police officers protested the non-payment of their August and September salaries. This is as the Police authorities denied owing its personnel nor the occurrence of any protest to that effect.
The case of the officers: The police officers, who gathered in front of the Salaries Office inside the Kaduna State Police Command Headquarters, lamented that the non payment of their salaries is causing them untold hardship. The policemen, cutting across all ranks, made a passionate appeal to the police authorities to remedy the situation.
According to reports, over 700 officers are being owed while thousands more are being paid less than what is due to them.
In addressing the protesting officers, the state Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, called for calm as efforts are made to resolve the issues. According to him, “We are not happy with the situation, but what government is doing is to check ghost workers and bring sanity in the financial system.”
No protests occurred, just some enquiries: Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force, on Monday, dismissed reports of its officers protesting non payment of their salaries. Rather, it said that the officers went to inquire why some of them were being underpaid.
In a statement on Monday, police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood stated that “It is not correct and misleading that Police Personnel protested anywhere in the country because of non-payment of salary as reported in some media today 9th October, 2017 or at any other time.”
According to him, “few Policemen… went on inquiry to the Mechanized Salary Section (MSS) in Kaduna State Police Command over complaint of Under-payment, Omission of their names on the Salary Payroll” and were attended to by the officer in charge of the MSS who he did not name.
He however, admitted that some officers were being underpaid due to the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) handled by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.