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Kwara State Police Command has reacted to a video that has gone viral, showing some Police Special Constabularies protesting over the non-payment of one year’s salary.

In a statement issued by the Command Spokesperson, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the Command disassociated itself from the video noting that the job of Special Constabularies is voluntary, and they are not on monthly remuneration like the conventional Policemen.

“For purposes of clarification, the characters seen in the video are police special constabularies recruited to complement the operation of community policing. It is important to state that the concept of community policing and recruitment of special constabularies is voluntary in nature, meaning they are not on monthly remuneration like the conventional Policemen. This much the constabularies were briefed before taking up the job, besides, the job is not a full-time job.

“Due to the complaints of the Constabularies regarding non-payment of stipends by the State Government, the constabularies were invited for a meeting by the State Government on ways by which their complaints could be looked into, hence their invite to the government house.

“It was surprising that the same set of constabularies after the meeting with agents of the state government could go online with a video claiming that the government was owing them salaries for a year.

“The State Commissioner of Police, CP Tuesday Assayomo, wishes to state that the Police is not owing any policeman or woman any salary, neither is the Police owing the special constabularies salary. Therefore, members of the public are advised to disregard the viral video as it was designed to embarrass the Police and to draw an undue sympathy from the public.”

Meanwhile, the CP maintained that the Special Constabularies are at liberty to honourably disengage from the service if they so wish.

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