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Rivers Police To Protest Non-Payment Of Four Months Salaries

Crisis is imminent in the Rivers State Police Command, as its officers plan to protest against non-payment of their last four months salaries.

Investigations carried out by Frontiers News revealed that over 500 police officers and men of the command have not received their September, October and November 2016 salaries and no one is coming forward to offer explanations on the reasons for the disturbing development.

However, a top Police officer who spoke to our Correspondent on the condition of anonymity said the development was due to the growing discontent among the ranks and file of the State’s Police Command.  

“It is sad that we have not been paid salaries since September this year and nobody is telling us the reasons why the salaries are been withheld,” the source said, adding that the State Command has requested the affected officers and men to come for physical verification as well as present their bank statements and pay slips without any positive result.

The situation, it was gathered has taken its toll on the welfare and morale of the officers, who are groaning under the present harsh economic condition.

Efforts to speak with the Force Police Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, on the matter failed, as several calls to her mobile line were declined.

However, a source in the finance department of the State Police Command denied the story, claiming that there was no policeman in the State who being owed any salary.

In a telephone call Friday, another source who did not want his name mentioned, said policemen could not have been planning to go on strike as no policeman or officer under the command “is being owed any salary.”

The source insisted “By the grace of God, we are not being owed salaries. At least, I can speak for myself and my Command, it is only December Salary that is outstanding.”    



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