The Nigeria Police said their personnel did not receive the sum of fifty thousand naira from Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, as being speculated in some quarters.
They were reacting to a report that policemen and other security agencies serving in the state were given the money ahead of the Saturday’s poll. In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, the police urged the good people of Nigeria to ignore the rumour.
The statement was entitled, ‘No police personnel got any payment of N50,000.00 from the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola or any other politician, political party as peddled on one “Oun People’s Chat Forum.’ It said, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a rumour peddled on one ‘Osun People’s Chat Forum’ ENtled ‘Aregbesola’s APC just credited the accounts of Policemen and other security agencies serving in Osun with N50, 000.00 each.
“The Force wishes to categorically state that the allegation is untrue, a falsehood, unfounded and a mischievous attempt to cast aspersions on the integrity of the Force and the robust security arrangement being implemented to ensure a secured environment for a credible election coming up on September 22, 2018 in Osun State.
“Police personnel deployed for the Governorship Election in Osun State are already receiving their election duty allowance from the Force Headquarters as directed by the Inspector General of Police and not from any politician. Members of the public are implored to disregard and discountenance the rumour in its entirety.”