IG of Police warns officers against protesting over unpaid salaries on social media

The Nigeria Police has threatened to sanction police officers who resort to social media to vent their displeasure over delayed remuneration.

In an internal police memo sighted by Peoples Gazette on Wednesday, the Inspector-General of Police noted that the delayed payment of November 2020 salaries was not peculiar to the Force, as other federal agencies were currently experiencing a similar situation.

The memo, dated December 7, 2020, also revealed that the accountant-general had assured of ongoing efforts to release the stalled salaries.

All zonal assistant inspectors-general of police, departments and formations were copied in the memo by the Force’s account and budget office, Peoples Gazette reports.

The police correspondence, however, did not clarify reasons for the stalled payment, but warned all Commands to deter operatives from deriding the federal government on social media in protest of their unpaid wages.

“INGENPOL directs that COMPOLS should lecture their personnel on this development, that on no account should personnel indulge in any act of indiscipline by way of misuse of social media platforms to ridicule the government,” the memo warned.

It added that “errant personnel will be severely sanctioned.”

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