The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, blamed commercial banks for deliberately delaying payment of monthly salaries to police personnel, threatened to withdraw police accounts domiciled in some of them. The banks ‘under fire’ are First Bank, Skye Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank.
Police Force spokesman, Frank Mba, read the appropriate statement by the IGP in Abuja on October 30, 2013, Wednesday.
The IGP described the failure by the banks to release the salaries as a conspiracy against the Force.
MD Abubakar said the situation has continued to expose police officers and men to undue pressure and extreme difficulties.
“The IGP warned the banks and their personnel of the dire consequences, including, but not limited to a reconsideration of the existing relationship between the Force and the banks if the situation persists,” the statement said.
The police boss was particularly irked that the Federal Government has been releasing police salaries early enough, only for the banks to deliberately delay payment.The statement added that with the e-payment system currently in place, all police officers receive their salaries directly through the banks.