The Nigerian Police Force has asked the public to disregard any report or news on non-payment of election allowances of some officers who participated in the Osun State Gubernatorial election duty, saying the delay of the payment was caused by their bank.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday in Abuja.
The statement read, “With regards to the payment of allowances of Police Officers who participated in the Osun State Gubernatorial Election duty, it is pertinent to emphasize that officers scheduled for the duty had their account details forwarded to the Police Accounts and Budget (PAB) office at the Force Headquarters where payments were prepared and disbursed accordingly.
“The said payment of allowances to cover the election duty was disbursed directly into individual accounts from the PAB Office and not through any State Police Command. As such, individuals started receiving payment alerts even before the commencement of the election.
“However, one of the new generation banks (name withheld), with whom some of the officers accounts are domiciled, reported delays in disbursement due to technical issues. This was immediately followed up and from all indications, the concerned bank have commenced payments.
“All complaints with regards to this have been addressed internally and every officer captured for the election duty have been paid. This situation is noveau as it has not been experienced in the previous Anambra and Ekiti gubernatorial elections. It is fully the bank’s fault and not that of the Force. Officers affected were communicated via SMS and internal memo as to the situation. Continuous complaint on this particular delay in payments which has been addressed amounts to impatience and indiscipline on the part of the affected officers.
“The reports and the news on non-payment of election allowances as widely publicized is misleading and unfounded, and should be disregarded.”