New IGP Egbetokun promises to pay salaries, arrears of 1007 constables without pay since last year

The Acting Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun said yesterday that about 1,007 police constables who have remains without salary since last year would be enlisted in pay roll and pay.

Arrears of the unpaid salaries would be paid to the constables in sequence months, the Acting Inspector General of Police Egbetokun assured on Wednesday as he assumed office at the Force Headquarters Abuja.

Fielding questions from Journalists, the Acting IGP recalled that the Chairman Police Service Commission, PSC, Dr. Solomon Arase has resolved the impasse between the Nigeria Police and the Commission which led to the none payment of salaries of the new intakes, now constables.

He reiterated his statement made on Tuesday that the police force will devoid enemies of this country and added that the objective would be his main focus of his administration .He assured that plans and strategies to achieve it would soon be unfolded.

Acting IGP also assured that his administration would not cover up any police officer who choses to be involved in crime including gender violence. But would assured that police internal mechanism are exhausted in dealing with erring officers.

Earlier, during the handover ceremony, the Acting Inspector General of Police Egbetokun had told senior police officers that Accountability, Justice and Rule of law would be the corner stone of his administration.

Toward achieving an efficient and effective policing ,he called for corporations and supports from the senior officers and Nigerians for an imminent restructuring of Nigeria Police Force , adding that police officers must breast up for Public Interaction Programmes that would enhance Intelligence gathering.

Early in his remark, while handing over,former Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali apologized to those he said he might have wronged while in office. He said that all the decisions he took were in good faith.

“As I exit the leadership of the Force today, I believe that I am leaving it better than I met it. I believe that I have added value to policing in Nigeria.

” I hold the firm conviction that steady progress has been made in all the components of my promise to change policing narratives and in our journey to restore the dwindling police primacy within the internal security architecture of the country.”

“We might not be there yet, but certainly the pathways have been clearly defined, firm foundation built, and giant strides taken for the new Force leadership to leverage on in his quest for a better Police Force,” he said.