Kwara Police Commissioner CP Tuesday Assayomo has said that the police do not owe a police officer or woman’s salary, nor do the police owe a special police salary.

Assayomo said this in response to a protest by special police forces causing severe traffic congestion along the popular Ahmadu Bello Way in the state’s capital Ilorin over alleged non-payment of salaries.

This was stated in a statement entitled ‘Viral video on Facebook of police officers protesting non-payment of salary in Kwara state’, signed by commander spokesman SP Okansami Ajayi.

The statement said the concept of community policing and recruitment of special agents was voluntary in nature as they were not on monthly fees like the conventional police officers.

It clarified that community policing throughout the state was voluntary and therefore not a paid job, adding that participants were adequately informed about zero compensation.

The statement read: “The Kwara State Police Command wants to distance itself from a video already circulating on Facebook regarding a protest by some alleged police officers over not paying an annual salary.

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“To clarify, the characters featured in the video are special police officers recruited to supplement the community police force. It is important to mention that the concept of community policing and recruiting special agents is voluntary which means they are not paid monthly like the conventional police officers.

“To that extent, the officers were briefed before accepting the job, furthermore, it is not a full-time job.

“The Kwara State Police Commissioner, CP Assayomo psc(+) wishes to state categorically that the police do not owe any police officer or woman any salary, nor is the police due the special police salary. Therefore, members of the public are advised to ignore the viral video as it is designed to embarrass the police and arouse undue sympathy from the public. “The men and women of the special police force are free to honorably retire from service if they so wish.”

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