Police retirees protest over pension benefits, gratuities
Police retirees under the Contributory Pensions Scheme on Saturday in Kano embarked on another protest over the alleged lack of equity in their pension scheme.
The police retirees embarked on the protest after their emergency executive meeting held at Sani Abacha stadium , Kano State saying that they are tired of the pension Scheme managed by PENCOM
The retirees told Solacebase that they had in April taken their first protest to the National Assembly and they made similar demands in a form of a petition which received the blessings of the Senate following which an investigative hearing of their petition was carried out, but up till now there is no any development.
The chairman of the Kano State Chapter of the Nigeria Police retirees Under Contributory Pension Scheme, ASP Yunusa Yahaya Madaki (Rtd) who led the peaceful protest , alleged that their pension and gratuities are being fraudulently diverted into private pockets.
Solacebase reports that the police retirees accused the Inspector General of Police, Baba Alkali Usman and the management team of aiding and abetting the alleged fraud.
Madaki said part of their request is that the Nigerian Police Force should immediately withdraw from the Contributory Pension Scheme just as their counterparts in the army and other sister security agencies.
According to them after 35 years of dedicated service to the nation, the monthly take-home of a retired officer under the said scheme is very poor.
The state secretary of Nigeria police retirees , Kano State chapter ASP Sa’idu Garba (Rtd) claimed that many of them have not been able to meet their commitments to their families and other social needs saying “even electricity and water bills they cannot pay saying many of them have died while fighting for their demands and rights.