A policeman on duty at the last weekend governorship election in Ondo State simply identifies as Adeniyi has insisted that the police authorities was being economical with the truth by saying they had paid the affected security personnel all their due allowances. Adeniyi told the SJ on Tuesday in Ibadan that he was one of the 26,000 police personnel dispatched to the state to maintain law and order before, during and after the election.
He said they went through hell as they were on ground for about nine days without the police authorities paying them a kobo. He said he was at a location around Ilaje Ese-Odo where ”you have to travel for two hours on the high sea before you can get to the place.” He added; ‘I’ve never had such an experience in my life, and they failed to pay us. Why are they lying?
It would be recalled that some police officers gave vent to their frustrations on Monday in Ondo Town after police authorities refused to pay allowances due to them for covering the Ondo State governorship election.
In their protest which took place at Funbi-Fagun area of the ancient town, the police officers, comprising regular and mobile police officers, barricaded the popular Ondo/Ile-Ife Expressway with the patrol vehicles used for the Saturday election. The blockade resulted in heavy traffic snarl on the highway which lasted for several hours and left motorists and travelers stranded. The protesting officers vowed to restrict movement of vehicles along the road until they were paid their allowances. Some of the police officers who spoke to journalists, but refused to have their names mentioned, accused senior officers of the force of denying them of their entitlements for the election.
They said as result, they were left stranded 48 hours after the conclusion of the election. “They refused to pay our allowances after the election, we all believed that the money was released by the Federal Government to our ‘Oga at the top’ but they refused to release the money to us,” one officer said. “We will cause trouble and make them realize that they are the ones encouraging corruption in this country.”