Deduction From Our Salary Is Criminality Of The Highest Order – Aggrieved Policemen
A large number of Nigerian policemen demonstrated their displeasure on what they described as “outrageous and unexpected” deductions from their salaries.
The security personnel are said to have protested at the Mechanised Salary Section (MSS) of the Lagos state police command in Oduduwa, in the Ikeja area of the state.
Reports gathered that the policemen made of rank and files, as well as officers, on Monday, March 12, said between N5,000 and N35,000 were deducted from their February salaries, while others lamented that they had not been paid for the month.
A police inspector said he was perplexed when he received an alert for his February salary and discovered that N19,800 had been deducted.
He said: ”I got the alert on March 8. My salary is N70,000. They deducted N19,800 from it and I was paid about N50,000. It is a fraud. That was why I came here (MSS office) to complain. We were told that the deduction was made by the IPPIS.
”I am almost 20 years in service and I have a wife and children to cater to. The N70,000 is not enough for our upkeep in the first place. This is criminality of the highest order and we want it to stop.
”An assistant superintendent of police, who forcefully parted with N35,000, said the deduction was an indication that the government did not care about the welfare of policemen.
He said: ”If N35,000 was deducted from my salary as an ASP, imagine what would be deducted from my superiors’ salaries. Some of them were surcharged by N50,000 or N70,000. It is unfair.”
In a communique, Moshood Jimoh, the force public relations officer said the command finance officers in the 42 MSS centres across the country had been trained to ensure that issues arising from the salary payment were collated and referred to the budget office at the Force headquarters for resolution.
The statement read in part: ”However, some challenges such as underpayment, omission of names on payroll, non-payment and overpayment of some police personnel currently being experienced in some state commands enrolled on the platform of the IPPIS in the payment of February 2019 salary, have been taken up with the office of the accountant general of the Federation and it is being addressed…no policeman protested in any state of the country over migration to IPPIS.”
When contacted on the telephone, the head of media office of accountant general of the federation, Kene Offie, said she was not aware of the deductions.
She said: ”I will find out and get back to you tomorrow (Tuesday).”
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