Police officers are reportedly frustrated over three months of lack of supply of rice due them.
Some unhappy junior and senior police officers confirmed they have not received their usual but monthly rice supply since July to date.
They revealed: “it has been habits of especially management officials of the police to willfully withhold monthly rice supply of poor police officers, of course converting same to their benefits, leaving homes of thousands of poor junior police personnel go hungry for weeks or sometimes month (s).”
The Officers further revealed that for the three months of no rice supply there hasn’t been any explanation from neither the Inspector General of Police nor any of his management officials.
The question many of them keep asking is whether the halt on rice supply for the police is linked to the austerity measures, or one exposing corruption from within ranks in the chain of command of the Sierra Leone Police.
Facts unconcealed also point to the fact that police officers, in particularly those holding lucrative management positions at police headquarter, have earned themselves expensive houses, fleet of cars and millions as savings unexplained.
Allegations by the distressed Police Officers are that houses built by number of senior management officials in the SLP have been derived from the uncalled for slicing of emoluments of thousands of poor police employees.
“As junior police officers we are not allowed talk or make our grief public, and if you attempt going public, we are either sacked or accused of committing mutiny,” a group of police officers who asked for their names not to be mentioned said.
It is a fact there used to be monthly supply of rice for the three major security forces in the country, but such came to a halt during periods of governance of Late President Kabbah.
But just when President Koroma took over in 2007, he quickly brought back the monthly supply of rice to the military, police and prison respectively.
This over the years has seen personnel of these security forces applauding the President Koroma’s regime for removing hunger from their homes.
However, ever since such took effect, there have been dissentions from junior police personnel that they have not been getting their monthly rice supply evenly.
The latest disapproval is one coming from junior as well as senior police officers who alleged they have not got their rice supply for three consecutive months.
Pubic opinions seem asking that the anti corruption institutes investigation on the alleged three months halt in the supply of rice for the police.
Their presumption is that if such isn’t given the seriousness it deserves, it is possible it may result in the increase of corruption by police officers, who no doubt may want to compensate for their rice.
As at press time, the police media director could not be reached at for comment on the allegation.