By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on Wednesday directed the immediate payment of salaries due to a sick police sergeant attached to Lagos State Command, including payment of all arrears.
The Sergeant, Ajuma Ibrahim had been sick for some time and was denied her salaries following her inability to show up for a verification exercise.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu said IGP attention was drawn to the matter and has directed the restoration of Ibrahim’s salary with immediate effect.
This issue was brought to IGP’s attention by “Brekete Family” Radio talk show following a live telephone call to him to intimate him about the plight of the police officer whose salaries had not been paid since June 2013.
The IGP who spoke to the sergeant live on the show directed her to come to the Force Headquarters where the matter was resolved.
The statement said after due briefing from the Budget office of the Force, it was discovered that the sergeant’s inability to fill the required emolument forms and processing the same in compliance to regulations, led to the salary predicament.
The IGP immediately ordered the resolution of all the issues and restoration of her salary, the statement said.
The statement said the IG also directed the transfer of the sergeant from Lagos State Police Command to Force Headquarters Abuja and directed the Force Medical Officer to ensure she gets urgent access to needed and required medical attention.
The IGP assured the public that the Nigeria Police Force is responsive and responsible and that reported issues of neglect in personnel welfare as well as cases of injustice to members of the public would be promptly addressed.