Constabularies at the Nigeria Police Force, Osun state command, have protested the alleged non-payment of their 18-month salary.
The 480 police constabularies who were inaugurated into the police structure in May 2021 at Police Headquarters, Osun State after their training in April 2021 converged at the Old-Garage area, to express their displeasures and made their demands known.
They carried placards with several inscriptions such as: ‘Pay our salary now’; ‘Okada riders are sleeping with our wives’, ‘Pay us our 18-month salary’, ‘pay us’, ‘Our Stipends And Allowances’ and ‘18 months without kobo’ among others.
Constable Tijani Adewale, who led the protests, said despite the non-payment of salaries they are committed to duties stressing that amid their predicament three Constabularies died while on duty.
He lamented bitterly that commercial tricyclists have snatched their wives due to their inability to provide for them and their children.
“We have gone to the local government, honourable and dignitaries in the state yet no positive result. We lost three persons in Ikire and one in Iree. These people died in the course of discharging their duty.
“We are very dutiful even though we have not been paid a dime. Due to unpaid allowances, tricycle and Okada riders have snatched our wives because of their inability to take care of them,” he said
Meanwhile, the Osun state Police Commissioner Olawale Olokode who joined them at the Ola-Iya bridge assured them that the concerned authorities will intervene in the matter to solve their plights.
“You are embarrassing the force with your protest. You should have channelled your grievances to the appropriate quarters. You are disturbing public peace with this your protests. As far as you are wearing this uniform, we expect you to maintain high discipline as a force man” he said