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– Now, they are threatened with redeployment to Boko Haram-ravaged states if they continue with their demands
The is reported fear among the 287 anti-riot policemen attached to the Presidential Villa as they have been allegedly threatened with deployment to the north-eastern states ravaged by Boko Haram for demanding for their allowance.
The policemen say they are being threatened for demanding for their allowance
The threat, according to The Punch, came from their superiors and the condition is that the officers attached to the Police Mobile Force 24, State House, must stop demanding for the 22 months arrears of the risk cautious allowance, which were paid to security personnel serving in the Presidential Villa.
While other security bodies including the military, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Federal Road Safety Corps have reportedly paid their personnel, it was learnt that the policemen had not been paid for some unknown reasons.
The report quoted sources as saying while other security operatives were each paid N540, 000 outstanding allowances last year, a total of 287 policemen serving in the Presidency were not paid.
Instead, the policemen reportedly got N75,000.
The sources reportedly identified a deputy commissioner of police in the presidency as including the names of his boys in the payment list, thus inflating the number of those paid by the NSA.
“The military officers, DSS personnel and even FRSC men were paid their N540,000 but we (policemen) were paid N75,000 for the same period, and now the superior officers are threatening to demobilise and redeploy us to the North-East to fight Boko Haram if we insist on being paid the balance of the arrears.
“The fact is that the names of some men, who are not MOPOL personnel, were included in the list and are receiving the RCA,” the report quoted an officer of the force as saying.
The report said the chief personal security officer to the president, Abdulkarim Dauda, who was deployed to the State House last December had been paid the sum, but refused to act even after he was told the plight of the policemen.
The policemen were said to have further complained to the officer in charge of the MOPOL in the State House, Abdulahi Ibrahim, and other high ranking officials in the presidency.
President Muhammadu Buhari had reportedly directed that the arrears be paid to all deserving security personnel in the Presidential Villa.