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Ondo Election: Police officers lament non-payment of duty allowances

One officer said the Force Headquarters sent a signal that they would be paid before the election.

• October 29, 2020
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu

Some police officers deployed from the Oyo command for the October 10 Ondo governorship election have decried non-payment of their allowances, 19 days after the poll.

The officers who spoke to NAN in Ibadan on Thursday under conditions of anonymity narrated their plight.

One of the men said the Force Headquarters, Abuja sent a signal that they would be paid before deployment, but failed to do so till now.

”The non-payment of the election allowance affected the officers who were posted to Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo State,” the aggrieved officer said.

Another officer said that the personnel deployed for election duty in Ondo State used their personal money throughout the election with the expectations that the money would be refunded.

The officer called on police authorities to come to their aid and ensure that their election allowances were paid and not give room for any foul play.

The officer said that some colleagues deployed to Owo Local Government Area during the same election have been paid.

“No single officer among the 300 people deployed to Ese-Odo LGA of Ondo have been paid.

“We are calling on the police authority to pay our allowances and let it not be a promise and fail as usual,” the officers said.

Oyo police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi however told NAN that the command was not involved in the handling of the payment but the force headquarters.

Mr. Fadeyi urged the officers to channel their grievances to the appropriate authority. He however advised the affected officers to exercise patience as they would eventually be paid at the appropriate time.


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