The Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPON), section of Cross River State, accused the federal government of Nigeria of not treating members of the Association well.
The president of ARPON, Bassey Inyang, retired deputy police commissioner, brought the accusation while speaking during the establishment of the secretariat of the association in the mess of the police officers of Calabar.
Inyang said, “The federal government does not treat us fairly. Every time I look back and what I get at the end of the day a board or tip was a disappointment.
“We were around ten years ago, and the people who run the Association haven’t done so well, and we haven’t inherited anything from the previous administration. As you have seen us, some of us retired in the 1950s depending on when someone entered service. We want to assure those who come that retirement is not a death sentence. “
Speaking on the recent killings and burning of police stations in parts of the country, the President said: “We feel very bad that our police officers have been murdered, and I beg the Nigerian people not to slaughter the police because it is an institution that has the responsibility to protect lives and property.
“When we entered work, even a gendarme was respected, when he entered the village he will do what he wants to do and leave respectfully, but today you send a pickup of policemen, they will go and cut down a tree and block the road, kill the men and burn their vehicle.
For his part, the state police commissioner, CP Sikiru Akande, during the laying of the foundations of the secretariat, promised to ensure that the building is completed in record time.
Akande said, “I promise to do whatever I can to improve the facilities here so that those who go through this system have the right place to bring their friends.”