Buhari increases Nigerian Police Force salary

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President Muhammadu Buhari after a meeting held with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Monday, at the State House, Abuja has appropriated an increased Salary for the Nigerian Police Force(NPF).

The President met with the board of PSC, led by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris. In a tweet by Garba Shehu, the president Special Senior Assistant on media and publicity stated that President Buhar ihas assured that his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with a view to restoring its lost importance in the internal security structure of the country.

The president made it known during an audience with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of Police on a “Thank You” visit following his approval of Rank Salary Structure Adjustment.Bythis, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased.

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President Buhariexpressed disappointment in the effectiveness of the police in the prevention of crime which has necessitated the presence of the military in combating crime.

He said “From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military. I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”

President Buharihowever acknowledged that the efficiency of the police would give the government and the citizens a sense of confidence. According to him, “The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.

“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act.

“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in the North-East coupled with pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country.

“I congratulate you on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you,” the president told the police.

Retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi,a full-time commissioner in the Nigeria Police Service Commission, who represented the chairman, Musiliu Smith, had informed the president that the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment would enhance police welfare and morale.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has assured the presidentthat the police would intensify efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections throughout the country next year.