FIDELIS E. Oyakhilome, the President, Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria (ARPON), has appealed to retired police officers planning to embark on protest over their unpaid pensions to desist from doing so, as the association is taking steps to remedy the situation.
Mr Oyakhilome, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, in an undated press statement obtained by National Record late Sunday evening, said it has come to the knowledge of ARPON that some police retirees are planning to go on public protest in some parts of the country over pension matters.
Stating that as the recognised and registered umbrella association of police retirees in Nigeria, ARPON is aware that the federal government “is seriously taking steps to remedy challenges in connection with police pensions.”
Mr Oyakhilome therefore appealed to “any group planning to embark on any protest to shelve the idea for now.”
He further stated: “The Association has been working with various stakeholders including the incumbent IGP towards securing improved pension benefits for police retirees both under the Define Benefits Scheme (DBS) and the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).
“At the Association’s AGM held on 13th November, 2019, an ad-hoc committee was set up to look at all outstanding issues and recommend ways/means of resolving them.
“Appropriate recommendations have since therefore been made by ARPON to the appropriate authorities including the Inspector-General of Police, PENCOM and the Presidency.
“It is worthy of note that the Inspector-General of Police, not too long ago, announced the Presidential approval for the Police to exit from the Contributory Pension Scheme.
“In view of the foregoing, ARPON wishes to state that as Senior Citizens and law-abiding Nigerians, the Association does not support any public protest or demonstration by any group of police retirees. This is especially because of the challenging security situation in the country as hoodlums might cash in on such to cause havoc.
“ARPON therefore appeals for calm while all the outstanding issues are being resolved by the Federal Government.”