By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”Retired senior police officers,Â whose pensions were allegedly erroneously slashed by the National Pension Commission, PENCOM,Â have petitioned the Police Service Commission to intervene in the matter.
Spokesman for the group numbering about 100, Mr Elaigwu Agbogo, who yesterday addressed newsmen, said in addition to slashing their monthly pensions, PENCOM did not compute four out of their total number of years of service before retirement.
Agbogo, who appealed to the Police Service Commission, said the short fall in their pensions had wrecked havoc on their lives, thus making their retirement lives, miserable.
â€œTaking my case for example, I was enlisted in the Nigeria Police on 1OctoberÂ 1973, and retired on 1OctoberÂ 2008. On my retirement after 35 years of service, PENCOM is supposed to pay my entitlements based on this years of service. Instead, they paid me from 1 0ctoberÂ 1973 to 1 OctoberÂ 2004,Â which is 30 years and nine months,â€ he explained.
He said his colleagues who retired within the same period were facing the same problem, adding that the worrisome aspect was that while PENCOM insisted that the error was caused by the police authority (employer), the police authority denied knowledge of a letter from PENCOM to them on the matter.Â Strangely,Â however, Agbogo said all the police officers who retired as at December 2007 were paid their full entitlements from their date of enlistment to the last date of their retirement, wondering why their case was different.
â€œMy take home pension is suppose to be N64,385 based on my last monthly salary of N80,482. But what I am receiving now is N22,000. So, we are appealing to the police authority to quickly correct the anomaly to save our lives,â€ he added.