The Federal Government has paid each of the constables deployed for the Osun State governorship election a sum of N50,000 as special duty allowance.
A total of 18,426 police personnel have been deployed in Osun State for the governorship election coming up on Saturday, September 22.
Our correspondents gathered that the police had paid the money into the salary accounts of each officer participating in the exercise.
According to a source, while N50, 000 was paid to each of the policemen from the rank of constable to sergeant, those within the rank of Inspector, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police were paid N120,000 each. Each of the eight Commissioners of Police deployed for the exercise was reportedly paid N250,000.
At least two constables confirmed to one of our correspondents that they received N50,000 each for the election duty.
Investigation reveals that an average of constable takes home N45,000 per month after tax deductions.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, when contacted on the telephone, also confirmed the payment to our Osun State correspondent, though he was silent on the amount.
He said the Federal Government had paid the allowances of the officers deployed for election duty.
He said, “The allowances of the officers deployed for the election have been paid. The allowances were paid into their accounts.”
He stated that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, said at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the funds had been made available to pay the policemen.
The IGP had said that the policemen that would be deployed for the election had been trained properly, adding that the Federal Government had also provided funds for the payment of the officers’ allowances for the election.
He said, “Arrangements have been concluded to deploy over 18,426 police personnel including conventional and PMF units, intelligence and technical teams to provide security.
“This number excludes the support services to be provided by other security personnel from the armed forces, the Immigration Service, the prisons, the Customs and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to complement the efforts of the police.
“Politicians and their supporters are advised to desist from actions that may precipitate violence before, during and after the election.
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“The police officers deployed for this election have been lectured and educated on electoral conducts, behaviours, laws and offences, and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves in a highly ethical manner.”
Meanwhile, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State has warned policemen deployed in the state for the poll against conniving with politicians to rig the election.
The Chairman of the group, Mr Sulaiman Adeniyi, said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday.
He said policemen should be professional in their conduct and shun any overtures made to them by corrupt politicians to assist them in truncating the wishes of the people of the state.
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