Abuja - Security operatives attached to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa are grumbling over non-payment of their 13-month special allowance, reports Daily Trust.
The operatives including 95 presidential body guards, are drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Department of Security Service (DSS), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Federal Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The total number of State House security staff is about 1 400.
News 24 had in February 2016 reported that since President Buhari assumed power on May 29, 2015, the officers have not received their special allowance otherwise known as Risk Cautious Allowance (RCA).
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was said to be paying each of the senior security personnel at the Villa N30 000; and the junior ones, N25 000 as monthly special allowance.
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The officers are angry that several months after President Buhari ordered the payment of the allowance, nothing has been done.
The Presidency has admitted owning the officers.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that on assumption of office, the Buhari’s administration discovered that the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) was paying the special allowance without following due process.
He noted that obtained in the past where the NSA was sharing money collected from the Central Bank on Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is being discarded.
He said the President had directed the incumbent NSA, General Babagana Munguno, to devise clean and lawful means of paying those allowances as part of the overall effort to clean up that office
- News 24