The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has set up a probe panel to unravel circumstances surrounding non payment of allowances to police officers deployed to Ondo State for the governorship election on November 26.
In a statement on Friday, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, a Deputy Commission of Police, said the IGP was deeply concerned about non payment of the allowances especially when the money was earlier released.
Recall, some policemen were left stranded in Akure, Ondo State capital after the election and thereafter went on protest on Monday, saying they were short-changed in payment of their allowances.
Ondo Police Command had denied there was a protest, and that the non payment was because some of the officers supplied redundant bank account numbers.
However, the statement reads in part:
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni deeply concerned about the delay, omission and discrepancies in payment of allowances to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who participated in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Ondo state; and also arising from complaints of irregularities from certain quarters and discoveries of possible anomalies and plausible foul play, has set up a special panel to investigate, streamline and enhance payment of entitlements of the force personnel who engage in adhoc duties.
“The special panel is empowered to launch an investigation into the entire payment system with a view to:
“Investigating thoroughly the recent payment of allowances to personnel of the force to determine if the money released for the payment of the allowances was utilized accordingly, providing bank records as evidence.
“Liaising with the Ministry of Finance on the perennial problematic nature of paying allowances.
“Setting up standard modalities that will be adopted by the force to address payment of allowances given by the Federal Government for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.
“Recommending where appropriate disciplinary actions against erring officers both within and outside the force.
“The SIP at the end of the investigation is to recommend professional modalities for payment of allowances in line with government due process for subsequent payment of allowances to personnel of the force engaged in adhoc duties. This development is pursuant to the policy of the Inspector General of Police for transparency and accountability in all aspects of the Nigeria Police Force and in readiness for the establishment of a standard template that would be used in the conduct of subsequent elections.
“The investigation panel will be chaired by Retired AIG Ali Ahmadu with the following as members:
“a representative from the office of Police Account and Budget
“a representative from the office of Director of Finance
“iii. a representative from the office of DIG Operations
“a representative from the office of IGP Project Monitoring Unit
“a member from the office of the Special Investigation Panel to assist the chairman in conducting the investigation
“a representative from the office of Police Legal Section to serve as secretary
“The Inspector General of Police enjoins officers who are yet to receive their payment to exercise a little more patience as the issue is already being looked into, assuring them that no one would be cheated of his due. He further urges anyone with useful information that can assist the panel in their investigation not to hesitate in coming forward with such and assures the Nigerian public that the police will always uphold transparency and due process in all her affairs.”