The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has set up special panel to investigate, streamline and enhance payment of entitlements of police personnel. The panel will be headed by AIG Ali Ahmadu, rtd.
The move was revealed in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP, Don N. Awunah, fsi on Friday, where the IGP regretted the delay in payment of allowances of officers who participated in the just concluded governorship election in Ondo state.
The committee will also see to the complaints of irregularities in the system, investigate anomalies and enhance payment of personnel entitlements of officers who engage in ad-hoc duties.
The statement reads, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, has set up a special panel to launch an investigation into the entire payment system with a view to and investigating thoroughly the recent payment of allowances to personnel of the force to determine if the money released for the payment of the allowances was utilized accordingly, providing bank records as evidence.
“The IGP is deeply concerned about the delay, omission and discrepancies in payment of allowances to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who participated in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Ondo state; and also arising from complaints of irregularities from certain quarters and discoveries of possible anomalies and plausible foul play, has set up a special panel to investigate, streamline and enhance payment of entitlements of the force personnel who engage in adhoc duties.
“The special panel is empowered to launch an investigation into the entire payment system with a view to and investigating thoroughly the recent payment of allowances to personnel of the force to determine if the money released for the payment of the allowances was utilized accordingly, providing bank records as evidence.
“Liaise with the Ministry of Finance on the perennial problematic nature of paying allowances.
“Set up standard modalities that will be adopted by the force to address payment of allowances given by the Federal Government for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.
“Recommending where appropriate disciplinary actions against erring officers both within and outside the force.
“The SIP at the end of the investigation is to recommend professional modalities for payment of allowances in line with government due process for subsequent payment of allowances to personnel of the force engaged in adhoc duties.
“This development is pursuant to the policy of the Inspector General of Police for transparency and accountability in all aspects of the Nigeria Police Force and in readiness for the establishment of a standard template that would be used in the conduct of subsequent elections.
“Other members of the committee include representatives from the office of Police Account and Budget, office of Director of Finance, office of DIG Operations, office of IGP Project Monitoring Unit, office of the Special Investigation Panel (to assist the chairman in conducting the investigation), and office of Police Legal Section to serve as secretary
“The Inspector General of Police enjoins officers who are yet to receive their payment to exercise a little more patience as the issue is already being looked into, assuring them that no one would be cheated of his due.
“He further urges anyone with useful information that can assist the panel in their investigation not to hesitate in coming forward with such and assures the Nigerian public that the police will always uphold transparency and due process in all her affairs.”