Anambra 2021: Police Protest Non-Payment Of Allowance
Police officers deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State have protested the non-payment of their feeding allowance.
The officers, on Friday night, staged a protest and demanded that the N10,000 approved for their feeding should be paid immediately.
The cops, many of whom arrived Anambra during the week, were not given accommodation.
According to a video in circulation, the officers gathered at Idemili Ogidi Police Division, chanting “pay us our money.”
“Here are policemen protesting over non-payment of Election feeding allowance. 10,000 naira is the amount for feeding,” a voice of one of the protesting police officers was heard in one of the videos uploaded on a social media networking site.
“Meanwhile, over three days now, no accommodation and no food to eat. Many of the junior ranks are stranded in Idemili Ogidi Division where they received 1,500 police personnel from Lagos State,” the affected senior police officer added.
THE WHISTLER gathered the protest is continuing on the day of election but that the Inspector General of Police has sent a senior police officer to engage with the officers towards resolving the impasse.
This claim could not independently be verified but a resident told THE WHISTLER on phone that she witnessed the protest.
“The police officers refused to deploy to their areas of primary assignment. They slept at the station where they were – many of them slept outside.
“Alot of them are still gathered this morning. We don’t know what would happen but I over- heard them saying the IG has sent someone to us.
“They kept quiet for a while but one of them said they won’t agree anything if the person does not come with money,” she said on telephone on Saturday morning.