By Ben Agande
Kaduna—Hundreds of policemen serving in Kaduna State Command, yesterday, stormed the command headquarters to demand explanation to the non-payment of their salaries for up to two months.
The policemen, who came from various formations across the state, stayed in front of the police quarters peacefully before the state Commissioner of Police, Agyoleh Abeh, addressed and assured them that efforts were being made to correct the anomalies.
He said the non-payment of salaries of some officers of the force was not the fault of the police high command but technical issues associated with the recent migration to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system, IPPIS.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muktar Aliyu, who confirmed the incident, however, explained that some policemen, who had issues with the payment of their salaries, came to seek clarification from the state command headquarters.
According to a police officer, who took part in the protest, some policemen are being owed two months salaries, while others are owed for one month without any explanation.
He further explained that apart from being owed salaries, some policemen had been noticing unusual deductions from their salaries without explanation from police high command.
“We decided to come to the state police command to seek explanation as to why some of our colleagues have not been paid, while some of us have been noticing unusual deductions from our salaries.
‘’The commissioner of police addressed us and explained the circumstance to us. We hope that it will be resolved soon,” the police office who didn’t want to named for fear of victimisation said.
But reacting to the development, Police Public Relations Officer for Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu, said the policemen did not protest but only came to seek clarification on the status of their salaries.
“Some police officers have not been paid for two months, while others have not been paid for one month. The issue is not with the police high command and is not restricted to Kaduna State alone.
“About 15 states are affected; it is because of the recent migration to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system, IPPIS, and the issues associated with it.
No policeman protested — Force Hqtrs
Also reacting to the protest, Force Headquarters in a statement issued by spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said: ‘’The Force wishes to categorically state that salaries of Police personnel across ranks throughout the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and all other police formations are being paid as at when due and on time.
“It is not correct and misleading that Police personnel protested anywhere in the country. A few policemen who went on inquiry to the Mechanized Salary Section, MSS, in Kaduna State Police Command over complaint of under-payment, omission of their names on the salary payroll as a result of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, handled by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, were immediately attended to.
‘’They were addressed by the officer in charge of the Mechanized Salary Section, MSS, Kaduna State Command in the early hours of today (yesterday) that their problems have been taken up by the Force Headquarters with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
‘’They left for their duty posts. No policeman protested and none went on rampage in Kaduna State or anywhere else in the country.”