The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has reacted to the alleged protest by some of its men in Kaduna state following reports of non-payment of salaries.
The police denied owing any of its men salary as claimed in earlier reports noting that all officers across ranks and in the 36 states are paid as at when due.
“It is not correct and misleading that police personnel protested anywhere in the country because of non-payment of salary as reported in some media today 9th October, 2017 or at any other time,” a statement by the public relations officer of the force, Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja, said.
The statement obtained by NAIJ.com further explained that few policemen who went on inquiry to the Mechanized Salary Section (MSS) in the Kaduna state command over complaint of under-payment, omission of their names on the payroll as a result of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) handled by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, were immediately attended to.
According to the police, these officers were addressed by the officer in charge of the MSS in the early hours of Thursday, October 9 that their problems have been taken up by the force headquarters with the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
“And they left for their duty posts. No policeman protested and none went on rampage as reported in the media in Kaduna State or anywhere else in the country.
“However, some challenges such as under-payment, omission of names on payroll, Non-payment and over-payment of some police personnel experienced in the eight state commands that have been enrolled on the platform of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of August and September, 2017 salary have been taken up with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation and its being promptly addressed.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined not to panic but go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension.
“No policeman protested in Kaduna state or any other state of the country because of non-payment of salary.
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“While the Nigeria Police Force is assuring the media of continuous supports and cooperation, they are implored to always verify facts before publishing in order not to cause panic, tension and misinformation in the minds of the public.
“The Nigeria Police Force is a disciplined organization and will not allow any situation to degenerate into disturbance of Public Peace and breakdown of law and order anywhere in the country,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier quoted Premium Times as reporting that that some police personnel carried out a protest due to non-payment of their salaries in Kaduna state.
According to the report, the protesters have not been paid their August and September, 2017 salaries.
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