EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police Owe 15-Month Entitlements Of 160 Officers Deployed For Peacekeeping Mission In Somalia

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police Owe 15-Month Entitlements Of 160 Officers Deployed For Peacekeeping Mission In Somalia

One other affected police officer lamented that “Many people are in money owed, many cannot pay home lease nor pay youngsters faculty charges.”

At the very least 160 officers of the Nigeria Police Power deployed to Somalia in 2022 for peacekeeping missions have lamented that the police authorities refused to pay their total 15 months entitlements.

A number of the law enforcement officials who spoke with SaharaReporters on the problem mentioned that they spent 15 months on the mission and returned to Nigeria over 4 months in the past however whereas they have been on the mission and since they got here again to Nigeria, they haven’t been paid a dime.

One of many affected law enforcement officials mentioned they have been 160 law enforcement officials and that they have been alleged to be paid 736 euros each month throughout the mission.

“I used to be away on a Peacekeeping Operation in Mogadishu, Somalia for 15 months. I simply got here again in October final 12 months. That is over 4 months since we got here again and we have not been paid any dime since we got here again, not even a dime.

“We’re 160 members of the Nigeria Police Shaped Unit and have been alleged to be paid 736 Euro per 30 days however they’re nonetheless owing us 15 months allowance until date,” one of many law enforcement officials mentioned.

One other affected police officer lamented that “Many people are in money owed, many cannot pay home lease nor pay youngsters faculty charges.” 

SaharaReporters in January additionally reported that personnel of the Nigeria Police Power Peacekeeping Unit deployed to Somalia in 2021 and 2022 for peacekeeping missions lamented that the police authorities refused to pay their remaining entitlements.

A number of the law enforcement officials advised SaharaReporters that Contingent 10 (each NFPU10 and NFPU11) spent 15 months every on the mission however whereas the European Union (EU) has launched cash to the police authority, NFPU10 officers haven’t been paid for 2 months whereas NFPU11 officers haven’t been paid three months.

The law enforcement officials mentioned that the EU launched the cash to the Nigeria Police in September 2023 however thus far, the police authority had not paid the cash into their accounts.

Requested then whether or not they have made efforts to seek out out from the police authority why they haven’t been paid, one of many officers mentioned, “The difficulty is that if anybody complains to them straight, they could use it in opposition to the particular person. You recognize we’re a regimented group.

“There has not been any formal criticism however even the Contingent 11 who went after are already again however they’ve additionally not been paid for 3 months. 

“However from the knowledge we gathered, the European Union has paid our authority cash for 5 months – two months for ours and three months for Contingent 11 – however the cash has not been paid into our accounts thus far.” 

Since then, a number of makes an attempt made by SaharaReporters to achieve the Director in control of the Peacekeeping Directorate, DCP Augustine Moses Jagaba, for clarification failed.

He neither answered his calls nor replied to a textual content message despatched to him.

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