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Aso Rock policemen protest ‘discriminatory’ allowance

21 October 2016, 11:30

Abuja - Some policemen attached to the Police Mobile Force 24, State House are angry over their alleged exclusion from the payment of the outstanding allowance to security men attached to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, reports Punch.

Recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 4 cleared the backlog of allowance of security agents, thereby dousing the tension that was brewing among the operatives.

The President according to News 24 also effected a pay rise of over 50 percent in the security agents’ allowance popularly referred to as Risk Cautious Allowance.

The raise covers officers of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Fire Service.

Also read: Security operatives at Aso Rock complain over unpaid allowances

It was, however, gathered that about 288 police personnel were exempted from the payment of the allowance.

Those who were exempted from the payment were allegedly tagged “Peoples Democratic Party policemen.”

The affected officers claimed that their only offence was that they worked in the Presidential Villa under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has, however, denied the allegation.

Shehu said as far as the government was concerned, everyone entitled to the allowance had been paid.

- News 24

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