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Imo bank robbery: Policemen say Nigeria is not worth dying for

Following the killing of two policemen in a robbery at a Zenith Bank branch in Owerri, Imo State, some men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have decried the alleged abandonment of their family members by the police authorities.

The operatives, who spoke with Punch correspondents on condition of anonymity, said they would never lay their lives on the line.
A police inspector in Lagos said he saluted Chukwudi’s bravery after seeing a clip of the robbery.

He said,

“Honestly, some of us are ready to do the work, but once you die on duty, nobody cares for your family. Even in the barracks you live, your family will be thrown out. Many policemen run away when they see robbers because they know that if they die, their family will suffer. It is not as if we are not trained to confront robbers.
“The police authorities need to do something that will encourage officers to serve the country well. The policemen died in the course of duty and deserved special rewards.
“The police don’t have working life insurance scheme. It is only the Lagos State Government that considers such for policemen that die in the course of duty. The police only have N300,000 to give to your family members and it may take years before it gets to them. Our salaries are nothing to write home about. A police constable earns between N40,000 to N45,000. As an inspector, I don’t earn up to N70,000 and I’m almost two decades old in service.”

A divisional police officer serving in the Kwara State Police Command said unlike some other security agencies, remuneration and welfare packages for policemen were poor.

He said,

“It takes the fear of God to be a good policeman. When policemen and officials of the Department of State Services were killed in Nasarawa State, the DSS gave the family of each of its slain officials N10m, while the police paid N500,000 to each policeman’s family. When the public cried out, the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, increased it to N1m. The DSS also built houses for the families of those officers; nothing like that from the police.
“A lot of policemen have died with nothing to show for their gallantry. There is no review of our welfare package. If you are a policeman, always pray that you are not harmed on duty. And in the Nigeria Police, it is zero feedback; you dare not complain.
“When I read in The PUNCH that the hero policeman, Chukwudi, had seven children, I pitied his family. He died as a hero, but without the media, he would have died in vain. There is nothing bad if the children are absorbed into police schools. The Zenith Bank should come to the rescue of the family by empowering the widow and securing the future of those children.

 

“The morale is low already; but you dare not talk. An Assistant Commissioner of Police gets about N250,000 per month. A CP collects about N300,000, despite his rank. As a CSP, my salary is around N160,000. Meanwhile, a lot of people look up to you as a big man and depend on you.”

A serjeant attached to a police division in Oyo State, also lamented that it was customary of the police to abandon operatives killed in active service, adding that he wept when he read about the plight of Chukwudi’s family.

“It is the custom of the police. Once you die, your family will be abandoned. That is why many policemen are not courageous enough to confront criminals, especially armed robbers. There is no life insurance. Apart from the N500,000 for burial, the police won’t give your family anything. And it is hellish for your family to get your pension from the police,” he added.

A divisional police officer in Lagos State said there was no motivation for policemen to work.

He said, “There is no motivation to do police work. No policeman is ready to die because once you die, there is no hope. It is not true that policemen are not insured. They are, but the compensation differs. The least, however, is N500,000. The payment differs based on rank. We are not equipped to fight crime. To resolve the problem of motivation, the government should be ready to spend more on the police.”

A police corporal in Lagos told PUNCH Metro that most of the rank and file preferred to be posted to offices where they would not face any risk.

He called for a review of the salaries of policemen.

He said, “What can a police sergeant do with N50,000 as salary? A police corporal collects N44,000. A constable collects about N39,000. Did you know that the last time police salaries were increased was in 2007 during the administration of former President Musa Yar’adua? Almost 10 years after, nothing has been done to review the salaries despite the situation of the economy. Besides, policemen do not have any mortgage scheme to acquire at least, a small portion of land.
“To be truthful, for the past 15 to 20 years, policemen are working on the logic that nothing is worth dying for. Most policemen restrict themselves to administrative and office duties, where they can work with ease and return home in peace.
“Are you aware that a rank-and-file policeman who loses his life in active service gets at most N1m? Is that what someone will die for? And before his family can even collect that money, some of the people in charge must have slept with their widows. It is like going through the eye of a needle to receive that money. The families of some policemen, who died as far back as 2005, have not received that money till today.
“Go to the barracks across the country and you will have a true picture of the living condition of Nigerian policemen.”

He also lamented that most times, policemen used their money to buy pens, statement forms and files for cases, saying it was the reason the responsibilities were usually passed down to complainants.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Mashood Jimoh, said it was not true that families of policemen who died in active duty were neglected, adding that every cop was insured.

He said, “There is life insurance for policemen and officers by the Federal Government and it is working. The Force equally has a policy of paying death benefits, burial expenses, among others. Life insurance covers policemen that die in active service. Even those that die natural death have something to benefit. It is not correct for anybody to say we neglect our men.
“There is no delay in the payment of entitlements. Everybody gets the entitlement as and when due. There is also the contributory pension scheme, which is outside the Force. The insurance is equally outside the police. It is only the death benefits and burial expenses that are within the police.
“Recently, the Inspector-General of Police distributed cheques to hundreds of beneficiaries and periodically, when the cheques come up, AIGs, commands and DPOs are directed to give them to relatives of deceased officers. There is no delay on the side of the police.”

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe account opened for the family of Chukwudi rose to over $20,000 on Wednesday.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

Asisat Oshoala

Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Police reacts to report of its officers collecting bribe with POS

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Wednesday, June 21, reacted to a viral video of an officer caught on camera using Point of Sale (POS) machine to collect bribe.

Many Nigerians had expressed dismay at the attitude of the officer, which they said represented the level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force.

We gathered that Abayomi Shogunle, the Assistant Commissioner Of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit in a statement released on its Facebook page said the force once used handheld machines to verify vehicle registration details.

Police officer using handheld device to check registration details of a vehicle

Shogunle also asked anyone who at any time paid a bribe to a police officer using a POS to come forward with proof.

It was reported earlier that the incident reportedly took place on Tuesday, June 20, at Olowora Street, in Mafoluku area of Oshodi.

The Lagos state Police Command also dismissed the video footage making the rounds on social media about one of its officers using a Point-of-Sale machine popularly known as POS to extort a commercial motorcyclist.

PPRO ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole, the motorcycle rider, and policemen Involved

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, on Wednesday, June 21, said it was necessary to address the situation so as to clarify the account of how the incident in question was reported on various social media platforms.

He disclosed that the video, which drew the attention of well-meaning Nigerians, saw a police officer, attached to the Makinde Police Division, allegedly using a POS to extort a motorcyclist and his passenger on Olowora Street, Mafoluku in Oshodi area on June 20, 2017.

Famous-Cole in a statement said, “The Lagos state police command would like to inform the general public that none of its personnel is in use of a POS machine in any part of the state.”

“The command would also like to state that the officer in the video is being investigated and the commercial bike rider has given a factual account of the event that happened to justify the actions of the police officer.”

“The officer and his team on that fateful day accosted a commercial bike rider and passenger who had a bag on him. The passenger upon inquiry from the police officer about the contents of his bag brought out a POS machine and other documents.

“When asked why he was in possession of a POS, the passenger said his customers usually paid for their utility bills with the POS machine. The passenger was then asked to produce a form of identification which he did and was asked to go by the policeman that accosted him. Famous Cole Added

The PPRO, however, urged members of the public to verify information and its sources before use on social media to avoid misconceptions emanating from false information.

In a previous report,  two traffic wardens, Musa Muktar with force number 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman with number 10627 were sacked for alleged extortion.

The announcement was made by ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), in Abuja on June 20, 2017.

The statement showed that the sacked officers were attached to the Wuse Police Division in the Federal Capital Territory Command.

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“Even dead people signed my recall petition” – Dino Melaye alleges as he sues INEC

Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West in the house of assembly, Dino Melaye has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking an order stopping the ongoing process by his constituents to recall him.

The Embattled Senator revealed this on Twitter Friday evening, while also sharing a photo of a copy of the court paper.

Dino Melaye

He alleged that the recall letter collated and sent to INEC on Thursday were being signed by fictitious, dead and none existing persons in his senatorial district.

Dino Melaye

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