Retired police officers in Kwara lament arbitrary deduction in gratuities
Written by Taiwo Adediran on August 21, 2019
A group of retired police officers in Kwara state has cried out over alleged discrimination and
underpayment of their gratuities by the Police Pension Administrator. At a press briefing on
Tuesday in Ilorin, the retirees, led by Mathew Agada and Jacob Aleriwhon, said that the
arbitrary deduction in their gratuities by the pension administrator has led to growing poverty
and cases of untimely deaths among the members.
The conveners of the press conference retired between 2017 and 2019. They called on
concerned authorities to ensure that fifty percent lump sum of their contributory pension was
paid to them as against the alleged indiscriminate payment of less than thirty percent by the
police pension administrator.
The retired police officers, who included those in inspectorate rank, lamented that most of
them have no houses of their own. Agada said that their monthly pension could not help them
manage their lives after retirement.
He also lamented that the benefit withdrawal consent form had within the last 15 years of its
operation been arbitrary, discriminatory, bureaucratic and selectively manipulated by pension
commission and police pension department.
The group begged the Federal Government to either repeal the contributory pensions policy
of the police or direct the police pension administrator to pay 50 percent of their pension