Anambra 2021: Police officers threaten boycott over non-payment of Ondo election allowance

Some cops have threatened to boycott the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election slated for November sixth within the state.

A number of the cops who spoke with DAILY POST on situation of anonymity, stated they intend to boycott the election as a result of they have been but to be paid for the 2020 gubernatorial election they monitored in Ondo State.

The offended cops advised DAILY POST that over 10,000 of them, mobilised for the election on Saturday, 10 October 2020 arre but to be paid regardless of a number of appeals to the police authority, the Presidency and anxious people.

DAILY POST had reported that about ten thousand policemen out of over twenty-eight thousand policemen from twenty-eight instructions deployed to observe the election in Ondo State in 2020 petitioned President Buhari and the Inspector Normal of Police, Muhammed Adamu over non-payment of their allowances.

Our correspondent recollects that the affected policemen had few days after the election, raised an alarm over the non-payment of the allowances. 

The involved policemen have, nonetheless, threatened that they won’t take part within the monitoring of any election within the nation till they get their allowance for the Ondo State gubernatorial election.

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A few of those that spoke with DAILY POST maintained that in the event that they have been mobilised forcefully, they won’t discharge their duties as anticipated.

One of many cops who spoke with DAILY POST revealed that two officers whereas coming from Ondo state have been among the many victims of an explosion that occurred at Igbelajewa Village, alongside the Ilesha-Akure Expressway on Monday twelfth October 2020.

He stated, “The accident occurred at Igbelajewa Village, alongside the Ilesha-Akure Expressway. One of many officers, ASP Simiat died within the tanker explosion. The second individual continues to be on the College School Hospital (UCH) responding to remedy.

One other Policeman advised DAILY POST that they won’t be taken with monitoring future elections as a result of non-payment of the Ondo election allowances.

“Good morning brother. With what transpired within the Ondo election, policemen won’t be prepared to go principally these outdoors the involved state.

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“Police job is a zombie or regimental job you need to obey the order however, they’ll’t power everybody to do the job proper when morale just isn’t there.

One other offended police officer stated, “In abstract, a few of us won’t go until they power us to go. We could also be pressured to go as a result of now we have no different job at hand, the authority may even decide names from Abuja to go for the election responsibility anyplace you don’t have any alternative, it’s a nationwide responsibility, it’s a obligatory responsibility, its both you go or face the trial.”

However, all efforts made by DAILY POST to get a response from the Power Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba proved abortive.

Calls put by way of his cell phone weren’t profitable whereas an SMS despatched to Mr. Mba for his response has not been responded to as of the time of submitting this report.

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