A constable, Ugwu Chimezie, attached to Igbo Eze Police Station in Southern Nigeria, Ibagwa Aka tendered his tender resignation, citing lack of welfare as the reason.
The resignation of the aggrieved police officer, bearing the force number 528089, was contained in a letter dated March 2022.
Chimezie wrote: “The purpose of my resignation is the result of poor pay, which I find unbearable as I struggle to feed myself with three standard square meals.”
The letter was sent to the Area Commander through the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Igbo Eze South Division, through the Deputy Crime Officer, through the Administrative Officer, through Station Officer, Nigeria Police, Area Command, Nsukka.
The title of the letter was: “Request for resignation from a police position.”
The letter reads in full: “I, PC Ugwu Chimezie with Force No. 528089, assigned to Igbo Eze Police Division, Ibagwa Aka, have humbly filed this letter requesting resignation from my position as a police officer.
“The purpose of my resignation is the result of poor pay, which is unbearable to me as I struggle to feed myself with three standard square meals, let alone self-maintain as a man.
“I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to join the organization, thank you for your anticipation approval. Sincerely yours.”
The resignation letter comes as rank and file members threaten to go on strike over low pay and inhumane working conditions.
The senior police hierarchy had done everything possible to dispel the rumour, including asking the various police commands and their commissioners to have discussions with police personnel.
Police Inspector General Usman Baba met with senior police officers, while Area Assistant Inspectors General of Police and State Command Commissioners met with their men and officers.