As Police Clears Air on Delayed FG Palliatives; Berates False Publication on Mass Resignation

In response to recent allegations concerning the activities of the Nigeria Police Force, it is important to provide a comprehensive perspective addressing the concerns raised. The Force reorganization, which involves 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. Currently Edo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and other states have been earmarked for this first phase of reorganization to enhance efficiency and accountability, and this exercise is a tradition and sacrosanct.

Similarly, promotion arrears are a recognized and budget-based in the public service. This delay is a procedural matter and not indicative of any neglect or malintent as the Force is committed to ensuring that officers receive their due promotions and corresponding arrears in a timely manner. It is pertinent to clarify that those affected are only those promoted within the year 2023, whose promotion entitlements were not catered for in the already approved 2023 fiscal policy.

Regarding the issue of unpaid allowances and palliative payment, it is crucial to clarify that palliative payment is a Federal government initiative, and the Inspector-General of Police has no direct control over this process. The delays or discrepancies in payment of palliatives to selected few police officers, may be attributed to the bureaucratic procedures involved in government disbursements. However, the NPF is committed to working with relevant authorities to address any concerns relating to allowances and palliative payment.

Similarly, with regards to the purported mass resignation of Police officers, it is important to note that, 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 recent publication appears to be mischievous and possibly sponsored, as the author did not take the time to understand the intricacies of the public service. 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.

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