From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Nigeria police retirees have appealed to the Federal Government to exempt police officers who were enlisted into the Force before the Pension Reform Act 2004 came into law from the Contributory Pension Scheme.
According to the demand, the government should accord them the same treatment as it had done to the military, the Directorate of the State Services, DSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
The demand was contained in a letter addressed to the Nigeria senate president, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawal, dated April 28th 2021 and signed by Ogwor Joseph, chairman, Joseph Oguche Secretary and Joseph Abu, PRO of the Kogi chapter of the association.
They noted that the reality in Nigeria is that the police suffer the highest death toll as the leading internal security agency in this country, saying that they should not be treated with this level of neglect and disdain.
The group maintained that this treatment is already affecting the morale of some serving members because they are aware that they have no future and nothing to take home after 35 years of meritorious service to their father land
They further demanded that all police retirees who enlisted before June 2004 should be paid their 300% last annual salary as their gratuity and 80% of last month salary as monthly pension with immediate effect.
They said, in part: “We further demand that Security Debarment Allowance should be paid to Retired Police Officers as it is done to retired military personnel. The reason being that Police Officers have also acquired some trainings on weapon handling, criminal intelligence gathering, criminal investigation which if used against the state could spell a great deal of insecurity.
“As law abiding citizens, we therefore demand that security debarment allowance be paid to retired Nigeria Police Officers. What is good for the goose is also good for the ganders.
“Consequent upon the above, we urge the Senate President to use his good office to intervene for the interest of serving and retired Police Officers.
“Your Excellency, one can imagine how a retired Police Officer who has served this country for 35 years meritoriously would survive with the meager amount being paid to them as retirement benefits.