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30,000 ex-policemen plan boycott of April polls

Calabar – Some 30,000 retired police officers will boycott April polls if their pensions are not paid, an official of their association has said.

Chief Effiong Orok, the Chairman of the Cross River chapter of  the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (ARPON), hinted in Calabar on Monday.

According to him,  retired police officers are not being paid their  their pensions as and when due.

He said: “We will boycott the April polls if our money is not paid. Let us be paid and we will go out happily for voting.

“What I’m telling you is the mind set of my colleagues. It has a multiplier effect.

“Some people have served the government and the government cares for them, but some persons sit on their money.

“A hungry man cannot stand in the queue  on the day of  elections except his pension is paid to him.”

According to him, the Police Pension Board (PPB), has paid them   part of their pension arrears.

The chairman said that only 17, 392 retired police officers were paid while 11,000 others have yet to get their entitlements.

In 2010, the Federal Government approved N24 billion for the payment of pensions to retired police officers nation-wide. (NAN)


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