AGF, IG of Police may clash over Buhari’s order

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The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has told the Nigeria Police that his office would not discontinue the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris had complained that the IPPIS was causing salary shortage and non-payment of Salary of some Police Personnel across the country.

Idris expressed his concern that the situation could effect moral of his officers and men.

He said, “The Nigeria Police Force frowns at this ugly situation; the Force is also mindful of the fact that short/delay payment of salary of some personnel of the Force if allowed to continue as being witnessed will have negative impact on the welfare of such personnel.”

But yesterday, AGF Idris explained that the complaints on shortfall in the salary payment has to do with statutory deductions on the IPPIS platform which is applicable to every employee on the platform, some of which include, the National Housing Fund (NHF), which is 2.5% of the basic salary, Employees Pension and PAYE tax as stipulated by the Joint tax board.

He urged the police authorities to educate their men on these issues, adding that “there is no going back on Mr. President’s directive to enrol the Nigeria Police force and other Security Agencies on the IPPIS platform.”

Idris, spoke while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Police Force, led by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Abdul Salami Iyaji.

A statement issued by the Head, Press and Public Relations (OAGF) Oise Johnson said “the AGF described the seeming intractable issues emanating from the enrolment of the Nigeria Police on the IPPIS platform as unacceptable and which must be dispensed with without further delay”.

“He directed the Nigeria Police to submit all the required documents requested by the IPPIS department to his office and so that he will personally supervise the process of resolving the matters immediately.”

Idris also directed the IPPIS Consultant, Messers Soft Alliance to immediately deploy additional personnel to ensure that all issues are resolved within the shortest time possible.

Of newly promoted police officers, “the AGF directed the police to make a comprehensive list of all officers involved, indicating their IPPIS Numbers”.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has resolved to probe deductions in the salary of police officers and men nationwide.

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