No fewer than 127 ex-officers of the Nigeria Police Force on Monday protested against alleged fraudulent act Police by the Nigerian, calling for justice to be done without delay.
The officers, within the rank of Constable and Corporal stormed the Osun NUJ Correspondent Chapel’s Secretariat, Osogbo to express their ordeal and made some demands as compensation for their frustration.
The spokesperson of the group, Mr Ibrahim Saibu explained that the total of 143 officers, within the age of 21 and 35 were disengaged on January 30, 2007 on the basis of “over age,” but they continue to receive alerts of deductions from their pension administrators till date.
Suaibu argued that alert of deductions from their pension administrators was an indication that salaries of the “disengaged officers” were still being paid to the accounts of some individuals in the force, calling for probe of the alleged fraud.
He further explained that about 16 out of them were later recalled and reinstated while others were left to languish in abject poverty, as they continued to struggle and agitate for justice.
“Our case is clear and unambiguous, we have been defrauded by the police authority in the past 10 years, while hundreds of us were criminally disengaged from the service on the ground of old age, at the point when the oldest amongst us was 35, we continued to get alerts of deductions of salaries from our pension administrators.
” We are surprised of where the deductions were coming from since over 10 years, as none of us is getting salaries in the last ten years.
“One of us, Mr Ralph Osawaru, with staff number 359942 recently committed suicide out of frustration, and one other member, Mr Sunday Adeyemo died of untreated ailment, as a result of paucity of funds.
” Obviously, our lives have been traumatised beyond normal, justice must be done without delay,” he said.
The group called on the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Idris Ibrahim to speedily investigate the matter, and reinstate them back to service or better still promptly pay their salary arrears and gratuities.