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Police reconsider bank ties over salary delays

31 October 2013, 07:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has condemned local banks after the delay in the processing of some police officer’s salaries.

Describing it as the “worst conspiracy” against the Force, he warned the banks and their personnel of “dire consequences” including, but not limited to a reconsideration of the existing relationship between the Police and the banks if the trend was not corrected.

“The IGP viewed as unacceptable a situation where the Federal Government would release the salaries meant for the Police as early as middle of the month, only for these banks to deliberately delay payment till the following month, a situation, the IGP stated, has exposed the officers and men of the Force to undue pressures and extreme difficulties,” read a press statement Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, signed.

His sentiments follow a meeting with the representatives of the banks at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

Police Management Team, Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Police Affairs, the representatives of First Bank, Skye Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank attended the meeting.

Bank executives apologized for the delays and pledged to ensure speedy disbursement of salaries.

Under the current e-payment system, all Police officers receive their salaries directly through the banks.

– CAJ News



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