The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, has again come out to say that all table is set for the implementation and release of the new salary upgrade for all police officers across the country; but officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are saying, they do not believe the IGP’s story, with an addendum that, “no be today” while still planning to embark on a nationwide industrial action scheduled for March 26, same day as the All Progressives Congress (APC) annual convention.
In a recent video sighted by SarahReports, put together by ‘wo tv’, police officers reportedly wrote an anonymous open letter to the IGP which read in part:
“Sir, are you aware of the sufferings your officers are exposed to? Many of us can’t afford a three (3) square meal per day. Some can’t even send their children to school without bribes. Go to the barracks, you will see the slum where those officers that escort you around sleep.
“Sir, the least constable pays house rent, electricity bills, feeds himself and his family and still earn about N47,000 in a month. Tell me how such constable will not extort members of the public?
“We know how much a Senator, House of Representatives members, Governors, and others that we protect day and night earn monthly, yet we don’t misbehave. Don’t forget that a hungry man is an angry man?”
Consequent upon this, police bosses, in all the police commands across the 36 states of the federation, have also reportedly pacify the rank and file of police officers not to embark on the planned strike, with the promise by the IGP that, the recent 20% salary increment mandated by the Federal Government would soon go into effect.
IGP’s promise was disclosed in a brief statement to the Lagos Police Command on Wednesday, March 23, which reads:
23rd March 2022
SALARY INCREMENT: IGP ASSURES OFFICERS OF LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND OF PROMPT IMPLEMENTATION
– Updates Officers on Ongoing Upgrade of Police Welfare.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman, fdc, NPM, psc (+) has assured.
IGP Usman Baba again assured officers of the Force that “relevant government agencies, including the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), and the Ministry of Police Affairs, have reached final stages of computation of emolument details of all personnel of the Force;” adding that, the issue of deserving police officers promotion is being looked into by the Force accordingly.
However, the aggrieved police officers seemed to have lost confidence in their leadership despite the appeal and promises made by the authorities of the Force.
Reports gathered confirmed that, as it stands now, police officers are still planning to go on strike on the said March 26th date, even without minding the consequences of embarking on such.
“While accepting the fact that the NPF is a regimental organization, whose personnel could be accused of mutiny if they embark on industrial action,” the cop said, “they have been pushed to the wall and do not have any trust in their leadership.”
The aggrieved officers have therefore said, going on strike is an option to again make their complaints known which are:
Nothing less than N100,000 monthly salary for junior police officers who currently earn N47,000 in a month;
Police Officers cannot continue to buy kits for themselves; and that they are no longer comfortable with delays in their promotions without any reason(s);
Policemen dying in the course of their duties without adequate compensation to their bereaved family members is no longer welcome.
NPF can no longer expose police officers on duty to dangers by not providing weapons to combat crimes.
Police Officers likewise condemned the IGP’s clever ways of stopping planned strikes under the pretense of implementing the new salary structure for officers, stoppage of tax for junior policemen, the distribution of accruement; among several unfulfilled promises.
Nevertheless, it is against worth mentioning that, on December 2021, the Federal Government approved the review and upgrade of salaries of police personnel by 20% with effect from January 2022 and that the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said FEC approved the increase of duty tour allowance of police officers to 6% and also directed the release of N1.12 billion for payment of outstanding uninsured benefits for the period of 2013 to 2020.
Further information gathered again revealed that, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the release of N13.1 billion for payment of outstanding death benefits of 5,472 personnel for the uninsured period of 2013 to August 2021 which will be implemented as soon as the auditor-general of the federation vetted it.
In addition, FEC also approved a tax waiver, in the sum of N18.6 billion, for all junior police officers in other to increase their monthly take-home. This was expected to have been effective from October 2021.