Association of Retired Police Officers Cries Out, Urges FG To Establish Police Pension Board

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By Mohammed Kabiru
Birnin kebbi

The Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (REPON), kebbi State chapter has called on the Federal Government to establish a Police Pension Board and scrapt the existing police pension commission.

Speaking to Journalists in Birnin kebbi in a joint press briefing by the State Chairman of REPON Jibrin Ikoh ASP (rtd) alongside his Secretary Abbas Usman ASP (rtd) said the call became imperative considering the untold hardship members of the association were currently passing through.

According to the chairman the establishment of the board would help in no small measure in uplifting the living standard of  the retired officers and members of their families.

“I want to state that currently the miltary and the DSS are enjoying this gesture through their various organizations therefore, police should not be an exception.

“We really need this board to salvage our plight”

He noted that the military and police pension boards were supposed to be established uniformly but wonder why the segregation after serving the same government and for the same purpose.

Ikoh, added that the situation the retired police officers who served the period under review ought not to be neglected to the background to such an extent that what they are passing through has now reached an alarming stage.

He further lamented that because of the poor monthly pensions, no retired officer from the rank of Deputy Supretendent of police (DSP) can take home more than  N25000 as his monthly pension.

“So many of us that retired as ASP to DCP we were just being paid a paltry sum of N19,000 to N23,000, as pension when compared to our counterparts in the Army and DSS, we are really suffering in silence” he added

He appealed to the National Assembly to expediate action towards inclusion of retired police officers into the system by creating a permanent police pension board as to enjoy what military and para-military are currently enjoying.

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