Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, claims that no officer will go so low to protest the non-implementation of a wage increase since they are aware of the consequences.
HE made this comment in response to a media report on Monday dares officers to protest that officers were preparing a demonstration on March 26 in order to obtain raises in their wages and allowances.
Last year, the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, stated that the implementation of the new compensation package for police officers would begin in January of this year, but this has not occurred.
“It is pertinent to restate that the Nigeria Police Force is a regimented and disciplined organisation with laid down rules and guidelines for addressing grievances, and in no circumstance is a strike action one of such means,” said the IGP in a statement issued yesterday by the Acting Force Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.
“The men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are fully aware that a strike or other deliberate disruption of law enforcement services by any security organisation is mutinous, and the Force’s personnel would not degenerate to that level of disloyalty and indiscipline at any point, as policing services are paramount and essential in the maintenance of orderliness and peace in the nation.
He called the news of the officers’ planned demonstration a “effort by unscrupulous persons to throw the Force into shame, misinform the general public, and heat up the polity.” on non implementation of the salary
“Since that approval, the Salaries and Wages Commission has issued an implementation circular, and the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs and the IGP have been working with the Federal Inland Revenue Service to ensure the cessation of tax deductions as directed by the president and approved by the Federal Executive Council,” he explained.
“It is crucial to emphasise that it was the president’s idea without any demand from the Police to direct the process of boosting pay and allowances,” the statement said.
“As a result, the Federal Government is completely committed to implementing the new wage package.”