By Hassan Zaggi
The recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti state was a season of harvest of huge allowances approved by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, The AUTHORITY can authoritatively report.
Investigations by The AUTHORITY revealed all the police officers who participated in the Ekiti election have since been paid their allowances and all other entitlements.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that police officers who participated in the Ekiti election became object of envy by their colleagues who were not opportune to participate in the election because of the huge allowances the IGP approved for them.
It would be recalled that IGP Idris deployed over 30,000 police men for the Ekiti election. All have received their allowances.
Investigations by The AUTHORITY revealed that Police
Inspectors who participated in the election were paid as high as over 150,000 naira for the few days they spent in Ekiti.
Other officers collected within the range of 100,000 and 80,000 naira depending on their ranks.
Speaking with The AUTHORITY, a senior police officer who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the police were paid such amounts to encourage them to do their job transparently.
“You can see that because the IGP approved the prompt payment of the officers on duty during the election, no body accused the police of any compromise.
“Unlike under the previous IGPs where the police on election duty will stay till the end of the elections without payment, IGP Idris ensured that all the account details of officers who participated in the Ekiti election were ready few days before the election. That is why such success was recorded. This has again proved that Idris has the interest of the rank and file in mind.
“From the amount you (The AUTHORITY) quoted that an Inspector collected, you can then imagine how much senior officers got. This is an encouragement for them to do their without looking at anybody’s face.
“You can also see how the police were full of praises for IGP Idris during and after the elections.”
Responding to questions from The AUTHORITY in Abuja, a police sergeant who participated in the election confirmed that his allowance were paid to him while he was in Ekiti.
While he did not mentioned the exact amount he was paid, the Sergent said, “between 100,000 and 120,000.”
The Police Sergeant who gave his name as Ibrahim, said: “Yes, I was paid my allowance even when I was there. This IG is different. I did not suffer hunger because I got my allowance and that makes it easier for me to do my job.”
It would be recalled that prior to the election, the IGP Idris assured that adequate security will be deployed for the Ekiti election.
While addressing a stakeholders’ Forum in preparation for the election, the IGP disclosed that 30,000 policemen were deployed for the election.
In order to ensure that the police perform their duty creditably during the election and under strict supervision, the IG drafted his second in command, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of operations, Habila Joshak, to supervise the police team.
The DIG was assisted by an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) and Five Commissioners of Police (CPs) to supervise the over 30,000 police personnel deployed to the state during the election.
The massive deployment, according to the IGP, was to ensure that the 2,195 polling units in the 177 wards across the 16 local government areas of the state were effectively covered.
“I want to assure you that all necessary manpower and logistics to secure the electorate, electoral officials, monitors, observers and materials have been provided for the command.
“The Police is determined to provide adequate security for the conduct of the election and with this arrangement, I am convinced that the election will be peaceful, credible, free and fair,” Idris noted.