Shame! Ex-police officers accuse Lagos command of withholding salary arrears
About 500 police officers who retired earlier in the year have accused the Lagos State Police Command of refusing to pay the backlog of their one-year salary arrears.
The officers said their former colleagues had decided to fix their arrears in a deposit account with a view of collecting the interest before paying them.
They said that all their colleagues in the other commands had been paid, and wondered why the state command allegedly decided to starve them before releasing their funds.
Nine of the officers said the Mechanise Salary Structure Office of the command had refused to attend to their pleas.
The retired officers, who were promoted in December 2013, with the instruction that they would start enjoying their new salaries with effect from January 2014, claimed that they were not paid throughout the year.
One of the officers, Mr. Ahmed Jamiu, said, “All of us who were promoted to our next rank ranging from ASP, DSP, and SP are still begging the state to settle us.
“All our mates in other states have been paid, but what we get from the office of the OC, MSS at Ikeja was ‘come today, come tomorrow.’ We carried out own discreet investigation and we discovered that the money had been fixed (in an account).
“We want to appeal to Nigerians to help us beg the Lagos State Police Command not to allow us to die in hunger before settling us.”
“Corruption is what is delaying our payment. But while they want to benefit from our sweat, they should also remember that one day, they would leave the service,” another ex-officer added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, promised to get back to our correspondent on Saturday. He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.Punch