President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that special payments made to security guards at Aso Rock be stopped, The Punch reports.
All security staff sent to the villa in the past were being compensated for what was known as risk and hazard allowance.
Meanwhile, since President Buhari took the office, he has reportedly denied paying the allowance to them.
During the last government the senior security officers working at the villa were said to have been receiving between N75,000 and N50,000 though their junior ones had between N30,000 and N25,000 monthly.
One of the officers operating the villa said reporters that the ADC to the president, Lt. Col. Muhammed Abubakar, asked sectional heads of all the security agencies manning different posts within the villa to inform them about the slowdown of the payment.
The ADC reportedly decided to call the sectional heads after rumours making the rounds among the operatives that the money meant for the affected officers was being misused.
“About two weeks ago, an assistant superintendent of one of the agencies called us and told us that the ADC met all the heads of the security agencies in the Villa where the news was broken to them,” one of the affected officers said.
“Our own head also met us and warned us to desist from carrying rumours about the money. He said that the ADC told them that no money was being released to the guards, as being speculated.”
Moreover, the chief security officer, Bashir Abubarkar, had written two letters to the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno on the matter of the RCA, but was said to have been told that such payment was unlawful and that President Buhari had said that it be cut.
A source in presidency, meanwhile, said the development was being looked into.
He said: “The report is true, but I can tell you that the matter is being looked into and I can tell you that we are going to do something about it.”
Abubakar Tsav, a former commissioner of police, also speaking on the development, expressed support for the president’s decision, adding that the security staff at the Aso Rock villa were given “a lot of allowances and giving them extra money is like buying their conscience.”
He said: “The security officers on the road get nothing and giving the security personnel at the Villa extra allowance is like buying their conscience. They won’t tell the truth. they would only tell the President what he wants to hear.”
Since assuming the office on May 29 President Buhari has made efforts to reduce the cost of governance, in pursuant to this, the president alongside his vice, Yemi Osinbajo cut their allowance by half.