President Buhari increases allowance of security operatives

President Buhari has cleared the excess unpaid allowances of security agents attached to the Presidential Villa.

Recall that the security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa were angry that since Buhari took over the reins of power, they had not been paid.

The officers include members of the Nigerian Army, Police and the Department of State Services.

Others includes officers of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Fire Service among others.

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Multiple security operatives confirmed that the government had paid the arrears of allowance that dated back to April 2015.

“Former President Jonathan’s administration paid the allowance up until March 2015 and left those of April and May unpaid.

“For a long time, the present administration did not pay but it has since cleared all the arrears.

“They are no longer owing us,” one of the operatives said.

Another operative confirmed the increase in the allowance to our correspondent.

In the past, senior officers were said to be receiving about N30, 000 per month while junior officers got about N25, 000.

The source said, “Before now, under the past administration, we have been collecting between N25, 000 and N30, 000 depending on our levels.

“But now, the allowance had been increased to between N80, 000 and N150, 000 depending on our levels.

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“This is indeed a welcome development for us.”

A Presidency source also told our correspondent that with the increase, the administration now expects nothing less than 100 per cent loyalty from the security operatives.

“They no longer have any excuse not to perform.

“With this kind of treatment, we will no longer overlook any act of indiscipline on the part of any operative.

“They have been encouraged enough,” the source said.