In response to recent allegations concerning the activities of the Nigeria Police Force, a comprehensive perspective addressing the concerns raised have been provided.
In a statement, the Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the Force reorganization, involving the transfer of officers who have served for a long period of time in a particular state, is a crucial aspect of maintaining effectiveness, professionalism and curbing undue overfamiliarity and familiarity that may hamper quality service delivery.
ACP Adejobi said currently, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and other states have been earmarked for the first phase of the reorganization to enhance efficiency and accountability, adding that the exercise is a tradition and sacrosanct.
He said promotion arrears are recognized and budget-based in the public service, and that the delay is a procedural matter and not indicative of any neglect or wrong intention, as the Force is committed to ensuring that officers receive their due promotions and corresponding arrears in a timely manner.
The Force PRO clarified that those affected were only those promoted within the year 2023, whose promotion entitlements were not catered for in the already approved 2023 fiscal policy.
Addressing the issue of unpaid allowances and palliative payment, he noted that palliative payment is a Federal government initiative, and the Inspector-General of Police has no direct control over the process. ACP Adejobi said delays or discrepancies in payment of palliatives to selected police officers, may be attributed to the bureaucratic procedures involved in government disbursements, noting however, that the NPF is committed to working with relevant authorities to address any concerns relating to allowances and palliative payment.
On the purported mass resignation of Police officers, he said as of now, the Nigeria Police Force has not received mass resignation letters from its officers except a few cases of officers who had privileges of secondment to some international organizations especially the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and had opportunities of permanent employment with such organizations.
The Force PRO said the publication appeared mischievous and possibly sponsored, as the author did not take the time to understand the intricacies of the public service.
He reiterated that the NPF under the current leadership remains committed to the welfare of officers, and resolute in ensuring the growth and repositioning of the Force, and any claims suggesting otherwise should be viewed with skepticism.