Friday, 21 October 2016

Aso Rock Policemen Protest Over Non - payment Of Allowance [READ MORE]

Updated 21 October, 2016
Some policemen attached to the presidential villa have alleged to have been exempted from payment of allowances over biased reasons 

The exempted policemen claim they were left out of the payment after being tagged Peoples Democratic Party policemen 

In reaction however, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, denies the allegation made by the security men Some policemen attached to the Police Mobile Force 24, state house, have cried out over alleged exclusion from the payment of outstanding allowance to security men attached to the presidential villa, Abuja recently.

The allegations by the policemen follows the clearance of the backlog of allowance owed security agents, attached to the villa by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

The Punch reports that the president, through the office of the national security adviser, also affected over 50 per cent increase in the security agents’ allowance popularly referred to as the Risk Cautious Allowance. 

But multiple sources among the aggrieved policemen who spoke on the condition of anonymity on Thursday, October 20, said that about 288 personnel were exempted from the payment of the allowance over biased reasons. 

The exempted security men claimed they were left out of the payment after being tagged “Peoples Democratic Party policemen.” 

One of those exempted said the only problem authorities had with them was because they worked in the presidential villa under the last administration. 

He said the “discriminatory payment” was already causing disaffection among the policemen who were supposed to be working in unity. He said: “We are calling on the NSA to come to our aid and ensure that this injustice is redressed. 

“We all suffered together and we are supposed to smile together. The discrimination is not necessary. 

“If our services are no longer needed, we should be paid our entitlement and then they can transfer us. 

“Why will some people be smiling, while others are not? We deserve to be treated better.” In reaction however, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, denied the allegation made by the security men. 

When contacted over the allegations, Shehu said as far as the government was concerned, everyone entitled to the allowance had been paid. He noted that there were some officers who were used to free money and would do anything to inflate the list of beneficiaries. “There is no free money anywhere. 

Those who are entitled to the payment have been paid. Only security men around the President are entitled to it. Government won’t allow officers who will inflate the list for their selfish purposes,” he said. 

In another development, the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has given Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court seven days to retract his bribery allegation against Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, or be ready to go to jail for flouting the Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Act 2000. 

According to a report on Vanguard, the party noted that while the judgement in the Rivers state governorship election dispute was given by the Supreme Court on January 27, 2015, Justice Inyang Okoro in his letter to the NJC claimed that Rt. Hon. Amaechi tried to bribe him on February 1, 2015 to influence a ruling made four days earlier and nine months to alert the public about the alleged bribery attempt.


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