Nigerian Police Officers Lament As Buhari Government Fails To Improve Salaries, Welfare Package As Promised

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Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force have complained about the delay in the implementation of the 20 percent upward review of police salaries as approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

In December 2021, the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, had said the Nigerian Government had approved an increase in salaries for personnel of the Nigeria Police Force which will take effect from January 2022.

The improved welfare package was one of the issues raised during the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.

However, the failure to implement the review resulted in agitations in March 2022 as a section of the police declared their intention to embark on strike.

Reacting, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman, cautioned the officers to desist from going ahead with the strike or be ready to face the consequences.

“Some officers wanted to protest against this in March, they dismissed them from the service. We cannot even express ourselves freely, it’s that bad. We are in June, the middle of the year, yet we haven’t seen the promised implementation and they’re not saying anything. What we want to know is, when in particular do they want to implement the reviewed salary structure?”

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