May 25, 2018

Policemen protest unpaid allowances

Policemen protest unpaid allowances

Forty-eight hours after the governorship election in Ondo State, some policemen deployed in the state on Monday took to the street of Ondo town to protest against non-payment of their allowances.

During the protest, which took place in the Funbi-Fagun area of the ancient town,  the protesting officers, which comprised  the regular and riot policemen, barricaded the popular Ondo-Ile-Ife Expressway with the patrol vehicles used for the election, causing gridlock on the highway for several hours.

The protesters vowed to block movement of vehicles in the area until their allowances were paid.  Some of the police officers, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, alleged that some high-ranking officers in the police denied them their allowances, which led to their being stranded after the election had been concluded.

One of them said, “They refused to pay our allowances after the election. We believe that the money was released by the Federal Government to our Oga at the top, but they refused to release the money to us. We will cause trouble and made them realise that they were the ones encouraging corruption in this country.”

However, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said there was no protest among the police officers in the state. Read more 

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