The Kwara State Police Command has distanced itself from the police personnel protesting the nonpayment of their one-year salary.

The police personnel in a viral video shared on social media was protesting over the non-payment of one year’s salary.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police, Okasanmi Ajayi in a statement said: “For purposes of clarification, the characters seen in the video are police special constabularies recruited to complement the operation of community policing. It is important to state that the concept of community policing and recruitment of special constabularies is voluntary in nature, meaning they are not on monthly remuneration like the conventional policemen.  This much the constabularies were briefed before taking up the job and besides, the job is not a full-time job.  Due to the complaints of the constabularies regarding nonpayment of stipends by the state government, the constabularies were invited for a meeting by the state government on ways by which their complaint could be investigated, hence their invite to the government house today. It was surprising that the same set of constabularies after the meeting with agents of the state government could go online with a video claiming that the government was owing them salaries for a year. The commissioner of police in Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, wishes to state categorically, that the police are not owing any policeman or woman any salary, neither is the police owing the special constabularies salary. Therefore, members of the public are advised to disregard the viral video as it was designed to embarrass the police and to draw undue sympathy from the public. The men and women of the special constabulary are at liberty to honourably disengage from the service if they so wish.”

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