Delay in police salaries: IGP reads riot act to bankers

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar,   has condemned in very strong terms the recurring delay in the payment of salaries of the Nigeria Police Force personnel by some Commercial Banks involved in the processing of Police salaries.

Describing it as the worst conspiracy against the Force, the IGP  warned the banks and their personnel of the dire consequences, including  reconsideration of the existing relationship between the Police and the banks if the trend was not corrected.

The IGP viewed as unacceptable a situation where the Federal Government would release the salaries meant for the Police as early as middle of the month, only for these banks to deliberately delay payment till the following month, a situation, the IGP stated, had exposed “the officers and men of the Force to undue pressures and extreme difficulties.”

The IGP gave the warnings on Wednesday at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, during a meeting with the representatives of the banks.

The brief meeting,  also had in attendance members of the Police Management Team, Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Police Affairs, the Representatives of First Bank, Skye Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank, ended with immense apologies from the bankers who pledged to ensure speedy disbursement of Police salaries henceforth.

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