Some of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) serving under Abia State command who were drafted to provide security for the just concluded November 11, governorship election in Imo State have cried out to the state Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie and the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun over the delay in the payment of their election allowance.
The policemen numbering about 250 told our correspondent that some of their colleagues in the same command, using the same commercial banks, have received their payments.
The Policemen who chose anonymity point accusing fingers at the leadership of the force in the state over the payment delay as they claimed that the Force Headquarters has released their allowance.
“Abia State command has refused to pay us. It is not as if that the Force Headquarters has not released the money.
“As we speak, there is grumbling everywhere. Most of us have started calling the Force PPRO to complain.
“It is a national special duty. Abia State command sent about 700 Policemen for the Imo State governorship election.
“Out of the 700, they have paid others, but the 250 policemen who also took the same risk to go to Imo State to provide security for the governorship election for five days are yet to be paid.
“It is like some people do not want to pay us. It is like they are doing selection in the payment of the election duty allowance.
“It is only Abia Command that is having issue. That’s why we are calling on the Commissioner of Police and IGP to step in and see that we are paid, before the payment goes into private pockets.”
However, when contacted, the state Police Commissioner, CP Onwuemelie said that, the complaint was yet to reach his desk.
The CP however disclosed that it was the Force Headquarters that pays the policemen.
“Payment of allowances for election duty is done straight from Police Headquarters Abuja.
“Meanwhile, none of them has officially complained to my office please.”
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Until the time of filing the report, the Force PPRO, Adejobi Mewa was yet to respond to his WhatsApp message.