COVID-19 And The Corruption In Security Personnel Allowances
When President Buhari on 30th March, 2020 declared lock down of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, he ordered the security personnel to enforce the order.
In the process, the Nigeria Police been the lead agency mounted security check points at the borders of the three State respectively.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety Corps were attached to the Security arrangement to ensure full compliance with the Presidential order.
In such special duty, allowances and welfare of personnel are of high Paramount in order to avoid compromise.
Investigation by Swift Reporters revealed that for the past 7 weeks of the lock down, allowances of Police, Civil Defence and Road Safety are yet to be paid in the FCT.
Reports indicated that each personnel are entitled to N21,000 weekly.
Aside the weekly allowance, they are entitled to lunch everyday while the vehicles of the security agencies are supposed to be fueled on daily basis.
“We have not received our salary not to talk of our allowances. No pure water for the past 7 weeks; no food has been given to us, a Police officer confided in Swift Reporters.
An angry Civil Defence officer said, “We have been here for the past 7 weeks, nothing was heard about allowances. I am yet to get April salary and I spent roughly N1500 on transportation on daily basis.
Speaking on the same allowances, a FRSC personnel said that Road Safety personnel are worst hit as nobody is even talking about their allowances.
Swift Reporters further gathered that what brought out the anger of the security personnel is their replacement with FCT Ministerial Taskforce after seven weeks of working with vigours.
“How can they replace us with Taskforce after working for a month and two weeks without pay? This is unfair, it has weakened our morale to work and this will affect our work whenever we have special duty, a personnel with the Police said.
Efforts to reach the Taskforce Chairman, Attah Ikharo and the FCT Police PPRO, Manzah as at the time of going to press, proved abortive.