Money for presidential election: Nigeria Police Force breaks silence

IGP Alkali Baba

The Inspector-General of Police Alkali Baba

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has rejected the reports that its officers have not been paid for work done during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Sahara Reporters had reported that some police officers vowed to boycott the coming governorship over non-payment of elections allowances.

According to the newspaper, a female Superintendent of Police said “Nigerian police officers are suffering in terms of salaries. Imagine, after working diligently for the elections, police are entitled to collect N150,000 for election allowances but we didn’t get any money.”

However, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the PRO of NPF, rubbished the report by Sahara Reporters.

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In a statement sent to PM News, Olumuyiwa said: “The Force wishes to confirm in strong 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.”

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