The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has urged the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, to rectify the cases of non-payment and short-payment of salaries of hundreds of police personnel across the nation.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how hundreds of police personnel lamented the reduction in their salaries for the past few months and how this has worsened their welfare.
The police officers, cutting across states, said they have had portions from their salaries deducted especially for the months of February, March and April.
The officers, who are not named to protect their identities, said efforts to get explanations from the police authorities have not been fruitful.
PREMIUM TIMES discovered that the Force Headquarters, FCT Police Command and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation have been besieged by police officers across the country seeking explanations on why their salaries are being reduced.
The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a reaction to the report, said the police authorities were aware of the situation and would remedy it as soon as possible.
However, PREMIUM TIMES in an interaction with police officers found that many did not collect their May salaries, while others had their salaries slashed.
Hundreds of police personnel from across the country are currently in Abuja to register their complaints.
Meanwhile, Mr Idris said he was concerned over the matter and would ensure it is resolved.
Another statement by Mr Moshood, on Wednesday, said the IGP had directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Account & Budget of the Force to immediately liaise with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS Unit to rectify the problems.
The statement reads in part:
‘‘The IGP is concerned with the issues of welfare of the entire personnel of the Force as regard delay in payment, short-payment and other problems associated with the payment of Salaries of Police Personnel across the country as a result of the full migration of the Nigeria Police Force into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Account & Budget of the Force to immediately liaise with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS Unit to rectify the problems.
‘‘The Nigeria Police Force frowns at this ugly situation; the Force is also mindful of the fact that short/delay payment of salary of some personnel of the Force, if allowed to continue as being witnessed will have negative impact on the welfare of such personnel.
‘‘Consequently, Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of States and Zonal Commands, and Heads of other formations and detachments in the Force have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to lecture and educate their personnel who have any complaint on short/delay payments to be patient that their complaints are being addressed.
‘‘The affected Police Personnel are also enjoined to continue to discharge their duties responsibly as the Force is doing everything possible in conjunction with Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS Unit to ensure that all their problems and other identified issues relating to short/delay payment of salary of Police personnel across the country are permanently resolved.’’