by Ranti Joseph
Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Thursday, threatened to deal with policemen that embark on strike action. He also warned officers of the dire consequences of breaching extant rules and regulations.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu in Abuja, he warned the men against their planned strike, saying the Nigeria Police Force is working with relevant departments and agencies to effect the payment of the promotion arrears.
On Wednesday, it was reported that about 15,000 policemen who were promoted from the rank of sergeant to inspector and those promoted from the rank of inspector to assistant superintendent of police, planned to go on strike in March, 2015 over non-payment of their promotion arrears for over a year.
The Force claimed that all promoted officers have since January 2015 been enjoying the salaries attendant on their new ranks, noting that it is committed to the welfare of officers and men of the NPF.
“The attention of Police High Command has been drawn to a media publication captioned, ‘Policemen Threaten Strike over unpaid salaries’. At the outset, it is pertinent to state that, the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force is mindful of its responsibility towards the welfare of the workforce; part of which is promotion and recognition of hard work. For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigeria Police Force is working assiduously with relevant government departments and agencies to effect the payment of the promotion arrears. Meanwhile, all promoted officers have since January 2015 been enjoying the salaries attendant on their new ranks,” the statement said.
Abba expressed irritation over the recourse to unapproved channels to air perceived grievances, noting that the police regulation has provided enough windows for aggrieved officers to ventilate their grievances. “The IG is miffed that officers have to recourse to unapproved channels to air their perceived grievances. The IG therefore warns such officers of the dire consequences of breaching extant rules and regulations,” the statement added.