By Moses Omorogieva, Lagos.
The Force Public Relations Officers (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has debunked certain reports on the social media that some police officers were planning to protest over unpaid salary arrears.
The FPRO on Sunday posted on the Police/Media Chat Platform that the Nigeria Police Force did not pay the salaries of its personnel but the Office of the Accountant General (AG) and the IPPIS.
He also denied the fact that senior officers had been paid the said salary arrears, stressing that all senior officers had not been paid their arrears of increment.
“As a CSP and Force PRO, I have not got my arrears. The arrears are to be paid by the AG, IPPIS; not the police. We do not pay police salaries.
“The rank and file have been considered. So, all the issues raised in the piece are distorted, fabricated to suit a purpose, and above all, mischievous.
“Not salaries but arrears of the increment. We have been receiving normal increased salaries since then, but arrears from January to June 2022 and part has been paid to the rank and file. It’s bit by bit, more so that it was not captured in the 2022 budget,” he said.
The force spokesman said that the police authorities did not have much to talk on police salaries because the Federal Government was responsible for salary payment.
There had been a report on the social media about an alleged planned mega protest in Lagos by some police officers, purportedly over six months’ unpaid arrears of the increment.
The story alleged that the Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP), up to the Inspector-General of Police, had been paid four months of the arrears.
The report also alleged that officers on Grade Levels 03, 04, 05, 06 and few on Grade Level 07 were paid, while those on Grade Levels 08, 09, 10 and 11 had yet to be paid.