BREAKING: Police Threatens Nationwide Strike

Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike starting March 26, 2022.

The would-be two-week warning strike action is premised on poor salary structure and outdated weapons.

It was gathered that many police officers are at a low ebb, grumbling over poor salaries, lack of genuine welfare benefits, and outdated weapons.

The officers were also unhappy with the continued killing of their colleagues by armed robbers and terrorists, without adequate compensation for their families.

In a letter to authorities and sighted by our correspondent, the representatives of the aggrieved police officers demanded improved conditions of service, salary increase, and provision of modern weapons to tackle security challenges facing the country.

The letter read,

“The Nigeria government lied about the increment of police salary on March 10, 2022. It has been observed with utmost dissatisfaction how the Federal Government and the Minister of Police Affairs lied to the general public about the increment of our salaries.

“It has always been discussed on every occasion that the increment would be done since the incident of the #EndSARS protest that led to the loss of many lives of the men of the force.

“More so, it has been observed by the men of the force that there’s nothing good the Federal Government would do for the police because they had already made an announcement that they’ve increased our salary which is not true.

“With the lackadaisical attitude of the government and the Ministry of Police Affairs, it shows that there was nothing like a salary increment.”

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The aggrieved police officers insisted they deserve to be treated with respect by the government as they protect almost every political personality. 

They lamented that they are treated like slaves despite their contribution to national development.

“We don’t have good salaries and our gratuities are very poor compared to what’s obtainable in other parts of the world,” they said.

The letter is said to have caused worries within the police hierarchy and has been accelerated to the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi.

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