The Nigeria Police Force has ordered the immediate implementation of the new salary structure as part of measures to prevent police officers from engaging in industrial action.
The delivery of uniforms and other NPF accouterments was also approved by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
Earlier this week, it was reported that some police officers were going to go on strike in protest of the inability to execute the new police compensation structure, the failure to provide advanced weapons to combat crime, and the low overall welfare of officers.
The force headquarters had already denied the allegation, claiming that information about the alleged strike is false and malicious.
However, it appears that the NPF is not leaving anything to chance, since the IGP is currently conducting urgent steps to stop the said industrial action.
According to a police wireless message dated March 15, 2022, with reference number, CB: 4001/DOPS/FHQ/ABJ/Vol, heads of departments and State commissioners of police are told to sensitise their officers on why they should not try to go on strike.
The force headquarters, through the signal, assured that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, had directed the immediate computation of salary under the new salary structure.
The signal reads inter alia: “Intelligence reports available to Inspector General of Police indicate that some members of the rank and file are intending to embark on strike over non-payment of the new police salary structure, failure in providing sophisticated weapons to fight crime and poor general welfare of policemen.
“Note that Inspector General of Police had directed the immediate computation of salary under the new salary structure, tax relief/exemption for officers and men for immediate implementation, distribution of kits and other accoutrements have been initiated with force headquarters already concluded.”
Gistmast reports that the Force Acting Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, had warned the rank and file that any strike or disruption of law enforcement services would be treated as mutiny.