By Abubakar Abdullahi:
Kwara State Police Command have dissociated itself from a video already spiralling on facebook, regarding a protest by some purported policemen over non-payment of one year salary.
A statement by SP Okasanmi Ajayi, Command’s Public Relations Officer said for the purposes of clarification, the characters seen in the video were Police Special Constabularies recruited to complement the operation of community policing.
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“It is important to state that the concept of Community Policing and recruitment of special constabularies is voluntary in nature, meaning they are not on monthly renumeration like the conventional policemen.”
“This much the constabularies were briefed before taken up the job, besides, the job is not full time job,” the PPRO further said.
The pointed out that due to the complaints of the constabularies regarding non payment of stipends by the State Government, the Constabularies were invited for a meeting by the State Government on ways by which their complains could be looked into.
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The statement also said it was surprising that the same set of constabularies after the meeting with agents of the state government could go online with a video claiming that the government was owing them salaries for a year.
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The commissioner of police Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo wished to state categorically, that the police is not owing any policeman or woman any salary, neither is the Police owing the Special Constabularies salary.
“Therefore, members of the public are advised to disregard the viral video as it was designed to embarrass the police and also to draw an undue sympathy from the public.”
“The men and women of the special constabulary are at liberty to honorably disengage from the service if they so wish.” The statement noted.