The Nigerian Police Force Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, has said that the delay in the payment of allowances of Police Officers who participated in the Osun State Gubernatorial Election duty, was not the fault of the police.

According to him, it was pertinent to emphasise that officers scheduled for the duty had their account details forwarded to the Police Accounts and Budget (PAB) office at the Force Headquarters where payments were prepared and disbursed accordingly.

Adejobi said: “The said payment of allowances to cover the election duty was disbursed directly into individual accounts from the PAB Office and not through any State Police Command. As such, individuals started receiving payment alerts even before the commencement of the election.  However, one of the new generation banks (name withheld), with whom some of the officers’ accounts are domiciled, reported delays in disbursement due to technical issues. This was immediately followed up and from all indications, the concerned bank has commenced payments.  All complaints with regards to this have been addressed internally and every officer captured for the election duty has been paid. This situation is noveau as it has not been experienced in the previous Anambra and Ekiti gubernatorial elections. It is fully the bank’s fault and not that of the Force.  Officers affected were communicated via SMS and internal memo as to the situation. Continuous complaint about this delay in payments which has been addressed amounts to impatience and indiscipline on the part of the affected officers.  The reports and the news on non-payment of election allowances as widely publicized are misleading and unfounded and should be disregarded.”

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