As many as 480 people recruited as constables in the Nigerian Police (NPF) in Osun State marched through the streets of Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday to protest against the 18-month non-payment of salary.
The sign carrying protesters who stormed the popular Olaiya air bridge chanting various songs to press their demands took off from the Oke-fia district of the ancient city. They have complained that they have received no pay since completing their training in May 2021.
Some of the protesters who wore black police uniforms carried signs with various inscriptions such as “Pay us our 18 months salary”, “18 months no kobo”, “Pay our salary now”, “Pay us our allowances and allowances”, among others.
Speaking to reporters, Constable Tijani Adewale said that despite not being paid they were totally dedicated to their duties, saying no less than three constables had lost their lives in the exercise of their functions.
He said: “We lost three people in Ikire and one in Iree. These people died in the line of duty. We are very dedicated despite the fact that we have not been paid a penny. Due to unpaid allowances, tricycle and okada drivers snatched our wives because they could not take care of them.
Addressing the protesters, Osun State Police Commissioner Adewale Olokode ordered them to stop the protest with immediate effect and assured them that the relevant authorities would look into their case.