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The retired officers of the Nigeria Police Force have threatened to embark on nationwide protest if the National Pension Commission (PenCom) fails to address issues surrounding the pension funds contributed by the retired police officers.
In a warning statement by the Kebbi State chapter of the aggrieved retired police officers, they called on the Inspector General of Police and the Minister of Police Affairs to direct the Director General of PenCom to refund their money immediately before it becomes too late.
The retired police officers, therefore, called on all its state chapters to get ready for the nationwide protest slated for the end of January.
If the PenCom fails to address the issue of the Nigerian Police retirees and no intervention from the Federal Government and Inspector General of Police, Hon. Minister of Police, who is a member of the Federal Executive Council, against the PenCom activities, there should be nationwide protest so that the International Community will know what is happening with retirees of Nigeria Police.
Our stand is this, the Federal Government should immediately direct the DG PenCom to refund all the money contributed by the retirees of the police back to them.
“This is pure fraud and cheating, also daylight robbery that you suffer both day and night and endanger your life with criminals, political crisis and after God protects your life for 35 years in service, somebody from nowhere, so-called PenCom will now control your benefit.
“It is only in Nigeria that such a thing happened to Police retirees. This chapter suggests to the National Headquarters of REPONs to immediately send a warning notice to the PenCom and the Federal Government for the proposed pending protest by the end of January 2023.
“Such warning notice should be sent to the lawmakers, the National Assembly for final passage of the two bills pending at the National Assembly so that if PenCom fails to comply with the amendment, we can seek legal action against the PenCom and the Federal Government. All the state chapters should get prepared for the action.”
Some aggrieved senior police officers of the Nigeria Police Force were planning to hold a 'mega' protest in Lagos State over their unpaid six months arrears by the police authorities.
They added that Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) up to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had however been paid four months' arrears.
The Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery has suspended a student for refusing to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited the state on June 17.
The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun has again evicted 137 northerners from the state forest reserve.
Those evicted were occupying the Elegbeka forest reserve along Ifon-Owo Road
Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, the governor also banned underage grazing, night grazing, and movement of cattle within the cities and highways.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye described herdsmen’s continued occupation of the forest reserves as a security threat to the state.
Adeleye said all the illegal forest occupants would be escorted out of the state to wherever they came from.
He said, “We got an Intelligence report that very many people bombarded (forests at) Elegbeka–Ifon area in the state.
“We moved in and questioned the majority of them and they said they were from the northern part of the country. We asked for their mission, they were not able to give us a clear-cut (explanation) of what they were here for.
“We brought some of them (to Akure) and their sponsors here to the headquarters (of Amotekun) for proper investigation. We profiled them and found out that they were conniving with some persons in Ose to be given space for settlement in the government’s forest reserve which makes them illegal occupants in the forest reserve.”
The chairman said, “We are sending them back to where they claimed they came from.”
This comes a few days after the government evacuated 42 suspected invaders, who were arrested by Amotekun at Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected invaders who hailed from Kano and Jigawa states claimed that they were invited to the state by an agent who will engage them as security guards to monitor and guide pipelines in the state.