Salary Protest: Community Policing is Voluntary, Not a Paid Job, Says Kwara Police Command

Salary Protest: Community Policing is Voluntary, Not a Paid Job, Says Kwara Police Command

  • Reactions continue to trail the recent protest by police special constabularies in Illorin, the Kwara state capital
  • The protest caused serious traffic gridlock along the popular Ahmadu Bello way in the state capital
  • Police authorities in the state have clarified the situation, informing members of the public about the true status of the situation

Illorin - The Kwara police command has reacted to the recent protest by police special constabularies over alleged non-payment of salaries in the state.

The protest, which went viral online, was said to have caused serious traffic gridlock along the popular Ahmadu Bello way in Illorin, the state capital.

In a press statement sent to and signed by its public relations officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the command dissociated itself from the video, clarifying that those in the footage were constabularies and not policemen.

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SP Okasanmi Ajayi
SP Okasanmi Ajayi stated that those in the video are constabularies and not policemen. Photo credit: @OkasanmiAjayi
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Part of the statement read:

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“The Kwara state police command wishes to dissociate herself from a video already spiralling on Facebook, regarding a protest by some purported policemen over the non-payment of one year salary.
“For purposes of clarification, the characters seen in the video are police special constabularies recruited to complement the operation of community policing.
“It is important to state that the concept of community policing and recruitment of special constabularies is voluntary, meaning they are not on monthly remuneration like the conventional policemen.
“This much the constabularies were briefed before taking up the job, besides, the job is not a full-time job.
“The commissioner of police Kwara state, CP Assayomo psc (+) wishes to state categorically, that the police are not owing any policeman or woman any salary, nor is the police owing the special constabularies salary.”

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He advised to disregard the viral video, stressing that it was designed to embarrass the police and to draw undue sympathy from the public.

He added that the men and women of the special constabulary are at liberty to honourably disengage from the service if they so wish.

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Meanwhile, to enhance the efforts of the Imo government in maintaining peace and security, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on Tuesday, August 16, received Armoured Personnel Carriers donated by the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.

The equipment is specifically meant for the Imo state police command to combat criminality in their domain.

IGP Baba commended the governor for his efforts in leading the charge to maintain peace and security in the state.

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According to Lawal, the monthly security dossiers will be regular and timely over time.


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