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Reps to IGP: Pay entitlement of 3000 dead policemen

IGP or DIG(P) (Deputy inspector general of police – one-star rank, equivalent to a UK assistant chief constable).

The House of Representatives has expressed concern over the non-payment of the entitlements of three thousand policemen who died in active service to their dependent relatives.

Subsequently, the House has called on the Police Service Commission and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to investigate the matter with a view of ensuring the payment of the entitlements within the shortest possible time.

The Green Chamber also mandated its committee on Police Affairs to ensure implementation of the resolution and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.

The resolution of the House was sequel to the passage of a motion by a member, Oghene Emma Egoh (PDP Lagos)

The lawmaker, while moving the motion,  said there was a recent revelation by the Nigeria Police Force that the entitlement of over three thousand police personnel who died in active service over the years have not been paid to their dependent relatives.

He noted that “the dependent relatives of the deceased personnel have been suffering immense hardships as a result of the non-payment  of the entitlements leading to their inability to pay their rents and school fees of their children.”

The lawmaker also said the non-payment has engendered the difficulties in feeding and providing for other necessities of life in the face of the harsh economic situation in the country.

Egoh said the non-payment of the entitlement of the personnel who died in the line of duty is demoralising on those still in active service and who are ready to put their lives on the line to protect lives and property of fellow citizens.

The motion was passed when the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara called for a voice vote and subsequently referred to the House Committee on Police Affairs.

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