OWERRI â€” Retired police officers in Imo State have called for the removal of the Nigeria Police from the contributory pension scheme.
A retired superintendent of police, Dr. Moses Ajeka, made the call when he led officers of his Association on a courtesy call to the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, at the Police Headquarters, Owerri.
â€œRetired police officers have been finding it extremely difficult to access their pension fund with ease, since our retirement,â€ Dr. Ajeka said.
He said the police should be exempted from the scheme like their counterparts in the Nigeria Army and Nigerian Navy.
He said: â€œWe want outright pullout from the contributory pension scheme. We want to be on our own.
â€œWhen we came into the police, we knew our job was pensionable and that was why we enlisted in the establishment.â€
While noting that there was nothing like PENCOM when they enlisted in the police, Dr. Ajeka lamented that the scheme was no longer in their favour.
He expressed regret that most members, who lost their lives in active service, were not compensated as required.
He used the forum to welcome the Imo police boss and pledged their support to enable him succeed, like his predecessor.
Responding, the Commissioner of Police commended them for coming and promised that the police high command would do everything possible to ensure the retirees were treated like their counterparts in the Army and Navy.
Ali said that if those currently in service failed to do anything now, they would face the same difficulties when they retired.
â€œIt will, therefore, be in every personâ€™s interest to collectively do the battle now, so that we will not face the same music when we retire,â€ he said.