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Police retirees in A-Ibom protest short-payment of gratuities/pensions

By Harris-Okon Emmanuel

UYO—Retired police officers in Akwa Ibom State, who left service between January 2017 and July 2018, have alleged moves by police authorities to short-pay their gratuities and pensions.

The ex-police officers, who addressed newsmen in Uyo, weekend, said as retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), they were entitled to N10 million with the attendant monthly pension payments after 35 years in service.

Spokesman of the group, Philip Akpan, ASP (retd), alleged that the Police authorities were coercing them into accepting a meagre N1.2 million against the terms of service they signed upon their enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force.

Akpan accused the officials of Police Pension Fund of double standards and lack of transparency, saying that they were given multi- fund structure consent form instead of consent form, adding that the multi-fund structure form does not state how much a retired police officer was entitled to, against the normal practice of issuing out consent forms which stipulate categories of payment.

He said:  “The problem we have now is that we got text messages that we should come to the police headquarters Ikot Akpan Abia, in Uyo, to sign a consent form. On arrival, they issued us with multi form structure consent form.

“When we checked through, we did not see a stipulated amount to be paid. All we know is that in consent form, the amount to be paid is usually stipulated.”


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