Nigeria Police Retired Officers Forum flays former IGP enlisting for them into CPS
The Nigeria Police Retired Officers Forum under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) has accused a former Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (rtd) as being the brain behind their ordeal in the Contributory pensions Scheme.
They said the non-exemption of Nigeria Police Retirees from the Contributory Pension Scheme which has not been in their interest was his sole decision.
Speaking on behalf of the retirees in Abuja after they staged a protest at the National Aseembly recently their legal Adviser, Elder Ofem O. Nbang said,
“The decision was not borne out of patriotism neither was it in the interest of the retired Police Officers, but the then IGP was overwhelmed by the guaranteed position of the Chairmanship of Board of Directors of the NPF Pensions and other interests.
“He sacrificed the interest of Police retirees and serving officers and that of their families for his personal gains.
“The teleguided representation was selfish and borne out of the fact that the retired IGPs have succeeded to constitute themselves into rotational Chairmen of Board of Directors of the NPF Pensions Limited.
“Their rotational directorship of the NPF Pensions Limited is extremely detrimental to fair dealing with Police retirees and management of the fund.
He said their demand is for an exemption from the scheme just like their counterparts in military forces and the Department of State Security Services.
According to him, they also want to be included in the benefit of the debarment allowances which their counterparts in the other security forces like the Army, Navy and the Airforce are enjoying.
During the week, the Police retirees led by carried their protests to the National Assembly with placards that carried inscriptions narrating their ordeal.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: “contributory pensions Scheme a death sentence against Police retirees, President Muhammadu Buhari, come to our aid please, we are dying, PENCOM/NPF pension Don kill us finish, Lumpsum and monthly pension paid to Police retirees are transport money to the grave, National Assembly help us exit from Contributory Pensions Scheme” and so on.
They also presented their written petitions addressed to both the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The legal adviser of the group said the Contributory pensions Scheme was introduced when some of them had spent 21 years, 23 years in service.
“When they introduced the Contributory pensions Scheme in 2004 we were under the old Pensions scheme (benefit) the law was made to be retrogressive.
He said laws are not supposed to be made retrogressively.
“This is against the provision of Section 173(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) because it alters an existing pension scheme( benefit scheme) to the disadvantage of prospective retirees who have been in service long before the enactment of the Pension Reform Act 2004.”
“Laws are made to take effect from when they are made and there after but they made a law to take care of our retirement benefits while we were already twenty something years in service which has subjected us to suffering today.
“For instance I retired as Deputy Superitendent of Police after 35 years. I was paid what they called lump sum, retirement benefit of N1741, 000 and I am placed on N40,000 pension and that is why many Police officers retire and within one month when they hear of what we are passing through they die of hypertension.
“They exempted the military, they exempted the DSS, what is the reason that the police was not exempted.
“The major issue that made them to exempt the military, we are also suffering from it, morality rate, work hazards and protection of the territorial integrity of this nation.
According to him, Police retirees believed they have been badly short changed under the new law as it did not take into consideration the reasonable number of years they had served.
They pleaded that the rational that qualified the Military and the Department of State Services(DSS) for exemption from the Pension Reform Act; should be extended to the police.
It is the view of the pensioners’, that the money paid to them as lump sum and monthly pension is “calculated and silent attempt to ensure they die” shortly after retirement.8
On the debarment allowance which Nigerian security agencies like the military, Navy, Army and Airforce have been enjoying except retired Police officers, “We are asking for debarment allowance, it is allowance given to Nigerian security agencies like the military, Navy, Army and Airforce.
“The reason being that they are well trained and sophisticated handling in security matters, the Police also well trained in the same vein, including ballistic, Explosive operation department, intelligence department.
“All those things, the military were settled because they know if they are not settled they may be exposed for some other person to use them against the security of the nation, we should also be beneficiary to these things.”
He said they want the National assembly to amend the law to exempt the police retirees from Contributory pensions Scheme and pay them all the monies that accrued to them under the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The benefits are running in to trillions of Naira, some of them just retired and they are also suffering but some have enriched themselves while in office and that is why they don’t border about what we are passing through.
“Life is extremely difficult and that is why some policemen retire and within one month they die when they hear about what the retirees are passing through.
“Some developed high blood pressure and collapsed. Some are on wheel chair, some have died”
2021 Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Sule preaches peace, love, reiterates observance of COVID-19 protocols
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa state governor Abdullahi Sule has called on security agencies across the state to
continue to be vigilant by intensifing their efforts in safeguarding lives and property of the citizens in the state at the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
In a statement signed by the acting governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe which was made available to our to the NationalUpdate on Thursday, he called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to ensure traffic is properly maintained to safe guard the lives and property of the citizens of the state.
The governor used the medium to call on motorists and other road users to obey traffic regulations.
He said: “As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan Fast, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, I felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.”
The statement reads in part, “I implore all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness, as well as imbibing the spirit of sharing in our daily lives.”
He admonished the citizens of the State to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State.
“My dear brethren, perhaps, I should take the liberty of this festive period to warn on the danger of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. I need to state that we have received the first dose of Astra Zeneca Vaccine and distributed same across the Primary Healthcare Centres in the State,” the statement added.
The governor, however, called on religious and opinion leaders to continue to sensitize the public on the need to accept the vaccine and get vaccinated for the well-being of the society.
He added that the protection of lives of the people during this trying times remain sacrosanct, hence the need to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
The statement further urged the people of the state to continue to preach peace, show love, understanding, tolerance and good neighbourliness among theirselves and humanity at large.
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Matawalle calls for prayers to end banditry
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called on Muslim Ummah to unite in prayer towards ending insecurity bedevilling the state during the Eid el- fitr celebration.
In a statement marking the Eid el-fitr celebration, the governor said consistent prayers would greatly assist in easing the tension in the state.
In a statement signed by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication, the governor assured the state’s civil servants that in spite of dwindling resources characterized by impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on global economy and banditry activities in the state, his administration will not take decisions that will be detrimental to their welfare.
The governor gave the assurance in his Eid-el-fitr Sallah goodwill message to the people of the state.
While observing that many states having suffered from the current trying times causing such state government to consider reducing their workforce, Matawalle maintained that such will not happen under his leadership.
He said, intead, his administration has continued to evolve ways of meeting the demands of the people through the purchase of a range of food products, which were distributed across all the State’s 2,516 polling units, provision of assistance to a number of Islamic centres throughout the State in order to sustain the government’s food distribution efforts during the Holy Month.
Similar gesture was also extended to the state’s Council of Chiefs, Remand Home, Orphanages, and Civil Servants, 40,000 pieces of shadda and atamfa clothing materials were purchased and distributed to orphans and other less privileged individuals to enable them celebrate the Eid el- fitri in a happy state of mind.
In order to give a sense of belonging to those in prison custody, the state government also donated 400 bags of assorted grains to the inmates of Gusau Correctional Facility in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
He said despite the threats posed by banditry and its repercussions, in addition to the cash crunch, his administration is leaving its mark on the sands of time by mobilising resources to execute a number of public projects across the State.
The governor wished the people of the state a happy and memorable Sallah celebration and urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for peace and tranquility as well as continue to uphold the good morals and lessons learnt in the Holy and blessed month of Ramadan to better the society calling for more prayers to end banditry in the state and the country at large
Eid-El-Fitr: Police in Kogi to ensure adequate protection of lives, properties
The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji has reiterated the Commands’ readiness to synergise with other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties during and after the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command DSP William Aya in a statement issued on Wednesday assured members of the public that the Command has made adequate deployment of its personnel across the State to secure public places and guarantee a safe and secure environment for all.
Explaining further, Aya noted that the Area Commanders, Tactical and operational Commanders as well as the Divisional Police Officers have been charged to ensure a hitch free celebrations in their Area of Responsibilities.
He urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities as he warned those planning to firment trouble to desist from any act capable of disrupting the existing peace the State is enjoying.
According to him, the Command will not hesitate to deal with any one caught committing any act of lawlessness in the State.
The Commissioner of Police called on the members of the public to sharpen their power of observation and report any suspicious objects, movements and activities around their neighborhood to the Police or any other security agencies in the State to enable prompt response to mitigate the act.
The CP commended the heads of Security agencies in the State on the effective synergy in the fight against criminality. Also to members of the Police Command’s management team for their continue support to making the Command achieved a relative peace we are enjoying.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police assures that the command’s tempo in the fight against crime and criminality and to reclaim public spaces remain unequivocal and unwavering.
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