Retired Police officers stage peaceful protest over pensions

Retired Police officers in Cross River State have staged a peaceful protest to complain about poor remuneration.

The protesters during the peaceful rally threatened to move out of the pension scheme.

The retired Police officers described the pension scheme as fraudulent and raised an alarm of corruption in the pension and housing scheme.

Speaking at the Police Headquarters in Calabar, during the protest, the spokesperson of the group, SP Iwara Ibiang (retired) described the ordeal of retired officers.

After 35 years, I was given less than N2.5m as a gratuity with a monthly pension of less than N40,000. ASP is taking home a monthly pay of N22, 000.

After waiting for more than a year to get that meagre pay, we also want to exit from the pension scheme which has cheated the ex-officers on their retirement benefits,” he said.

He further stressed that widows of colleagues who died in active service are yet to get “a dime after several years” and described the pension scheme as a scam.

“The protesters spoke extensively on the shabby treatment they have received since they retired from active service”.

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