In response to recent media reports alleging that some police officers have not been paid their election allowances, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has issued a statement to clarify the situation.
He confirms that the Nigeria Police Force has paid all of its personnel the election allowances due to them for their participation in the elections held on February 25th, 2023.
According to Adejobi, the mandate for the payment of the allowances has been issued, and all necessary lodgements have been made to the respective Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) for onward payment to police officers who bank with them. Therefore, any delay in payment should not be attributed to the force.
However, the statement acknowledges that some police officers may still be experiencing issues with the payment of their allowances. The force urges those affected to take up their challenges with their respective banks to ensure a quick resolution of the matter.
The statement emphasizes that the force is committed to ensuring that the welfare of its officers and men is a top priority, and that it is working to provide an improved standard of living and better welfare for them.
Furthermore, the statement warns against false publications being circulated by mischief-makers and paid bloggers seeking to tarnish the reputation of the Nigeria Police Force.
The statement affirms that the force remains resolute in its commitment to serving the country and protecting its citizens, and will continue to work towards improving the welfare and well-being of its officers and men.
The FPRO Statement reads;
The Nigeria Police Force wishes to clear the air on the alleged non-payment of elections allowances to police personnel who participated in the elections held on Saturday, 25th February, 2023.
The Force wishes to confirm in stong terms that it has paid all its personnel the election allowances as the mandate for the payment of the allowances due to all Police Officers has been issued and all lodgements have been made to respective Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) for onward payment to Police Officers banking with them.
It is, however, astonishing to read in the news that some Police Officers have been denied the payment of their accrued allowances; and such delay has not gone down well with the force.
In that note, the Force urges all Officers and Men who are yet to receive payment of the election allowances to take up such matters with their respective banks to ensure that the process of resolving the issues responsible for the delays is fast-tracked.
It is pertinent to reaffirm that issues of non-payment should not be ascribed to the Force as the Police Account and Budget Office has done the needful and preparations are underway to pay the second tranche of election allowances for the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections next week. We are not unaware of the antics of some mischief makers peddling false publications through their paid bloggers hellbent on dragging the Force in the mud for flimsy issues.
The Nigeria Police Force remains resolute in prioritizing the welfare of our officers and men, which is paramount, and bequeathing to them improved standard of living and better welfare.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA.
The above statement serves to clear the air on the alleged non-payment of elections allowances to police personnel, and calls on affected officers to take up their challenges with their respective banks. The Nigeria Police Force is committed to ensuring that its officers and men receive the benefits due to them, and will continue to prioritize their welfare and well-being.