Retired police officers decry withholding of benefits by officials

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By Akpan David, Calabar

Retired senior police officers under the aegis of Contributory Pensions Scheme (CPS) have decried the seizures of their terminal benefits, pensions and gratuities by officials to run private businesses.

In a joint statement signed by Retired Commissioner of Police Abayomi Akeremale and retired Chief Superintendent of Police Uwem Uyoh, chairmen for Abuja chapter and Akwa Ibom chapter respectively,
and all the 16 chapters, and made available to some journalists in Calabar, they frowned and said they will never keep quiet especially as denial of their benefits and other incremental pensions has exposed them to hunger and difficult times.

Part of the statement reads: “We won’t applaud those that seize our benefits to run the their businesses. No police retiree under CPS who has been exposed to the highest level of frustration and abandonment after suffering to keep the peace of this nation, will ever applaud those who have seized their terminal benefits to run a private profit making business in which the owners of the money (police retirees) are not stakeholders.”

They have appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba to intervene in the alleged denial of their periodic pension increments as well as reported poor treatment meted out to them.

They have also called on the topmost cop to cause the zonal DIG ‘A’ Department who is saddled with the task of presiding over a joint Committee set up by the IGP to draft a proposed Bill for an amendment of the Pension Act 2014’ to suspend the zonal tour of NPF Pensions Ltd trips and convene the joint meeting.

They also reacted to what was termed “propaganda aimed at image laundering by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF Pensions Limited and the pension Commission,” as published in the mass media.

The group explained that the recently announced consequential adjustment of pension allowance by the federal government in line with section 173(3) of the constitution of the federal government of Nigeria (as amended), did not include police retirees under CPS, adding that they go to the same market with the others and their children attend the same school with the children of the others.

They also described the crowd shown in publications and the clip which NPF Pensions Limited is relying on as “hired crowd induced by cash and souvenirs to pose as retired officers.

The group said, “it is unthinkable that police officers who enlisted into the force under Defined Benefits Scheme (DBS) and had served this nation up to pensionable years before the introduction of CPS could be coerced into a system that has robbed them of their entitlements.”

They wondered why Service Chiefs in other agencies and the leadership of other organisations are working to better the living standard of their serving and retired personnel, while the police leadership is allegedly conspiring with the NPF Pensions Limited to cheat police retirees.

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