Calabar: Police Retirees Protest Poor Pay, Allege Fraud In The Pension Scheme

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By Archibong Jeremiah

Some retired Police Officers have protested poor renumeration after service, raised alarm of corruption in the pension and housing scheme.

The aggreaved retirees didn’t just protest, but threatened to move out of the pension scheme they called fraudulent, did so this morning (Wednesday) at the Cross River State Police Command Headquarters, Daimond Hill Calabar, first Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

In the course of their protest which was peaceful, they expressed their frustration about the pension scheme.

According to eye witness Archibong Efefiom, “the protesters who ditched the cold this morning to drive their demand spoke extensively on the shabby treatment they have received since they retired from active service.”

Speaking through their spokesman, SP Iwara Ibiang (retired) they revealed that they have been going through hard times.

“After 35 years I was given less than N2.5m as gratuity with a monthly pension of less than N40,000. ASP is taking home a monthly pay of N22,000 after waiting for more than a year to get that meagre pay, we also want to exit from the pension scheme which has cheated the ex-personnels on their retirement benefits,” he said.

He further stressed that, widows of colleagues who died in active service are yet to get “a dime after several years”. Concerns about a yet to be verified housing scheme which he labelled “a scam” was raised.

They were with placards bearing inscriptions demonstrating their thoughts.

See pictures by Archibong Efefiom below.

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