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Could Bank be responsible for delay in payment of police officers allowances?

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The delay experienced by some police officers who participated in the July 16 Osun governorship election in getting their allowances is caused by the affected officers’ bank, not from the Police.

Force Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi gave the clarification through a statement he signed in Abuja, on Friday.

The said payment of allowances to cover the election duty was disbursed directly into individual accounts from the PAB Office and not through any State Police Command.

He claimed individuals started receiving payment alerts even before the commencement of the election.

The reports and the news on non-payment of election allowances as widely publicized is misleading and unfounded, and should be disregarded.

Adejobi said: “With regards to the payment of allowances of Police Officers who participated in the Osun State Gubernatorial Election duty, it is pertinent to emphasize that officers scheduled for the duty had their account details forwarded to the Police Accounts and Budget (PAB) office at the Force Headquarters where payments were prepared and disbursed accordingly.

“However, one of the new generation banks (name withheld) with whom some of the officers accounts are domiciled, reported delays in disbursement due to technical issues. This was immediately followed up and from all indications, the concerned bank have commenced payments.

“All complaints with regards to this have been addressed internally and every officer captured for the election duty have been paid. This situation is noveau as it has not been experienced in the previous Anambra and Ekiti gubernatorial elections. It is fully the bank’s fault and not that of the Force. Officers affected were communicated via SMS and internal memo as to the situation. Continuous complaint on this particular delay in payments which has been addressed amounts to impatience and indiscipline on the part of the affected officers”.

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