Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have fixed March 26 as a date to begin an unprecedented two-week warning strike across the country.
According to New Telegraph, the police officers are going on a warning strike to protest against their poor working conditions, poor salaries, lack of genuine welfare benefits and outdated weapons.
They are also protesting government’s insensitivity to the continuous killing of their colleagues by armed robbers and terrorists, without adequate compensation for their families.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, the aggrieved police officers accused the Federal Government of lying about the increment of police salary and other promised benefits.
They, however, demanded improved conditions of service, particularly salary increase and provision of modern weapons as they tackle the security challenges facing the country.
The letter reads: “The Nigeria government lied about the increment of police salary on March 10, 2022. It has been observed with utmost dissatisfaction how the Federal Government and the Minister of Police Affairs lied to the general public about the increment of our salaries.
“It has always been discussed on every occasion that the increment would be done since the incident of the #EndSARS protest that led to the loss of many lives of the men of the force.
“More so, it has been observed by the men of the force that there’s nothing good the Federal Government would do for the police, because they had already made an announcement that they’ve increased our salary which is not true.
“With the lackadaisical attitude of the government and the Ministry of Police Affairs, it shows that there was nothing like a salary increment.
“We deserve to be treated with respect by the government as we protect almost every political personality.”
They lamented that they are treated like slaves despite their contribution to national development.
“We don’t have good salaries and our gratuities are very poor compared to what’s obtainable in other parts of the world.”
Worried by the strike threats, the police hierarchy has accelerated the letter to the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi for his attention.