👤 By Abdul Tukur
Mobile police officers took to the street of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital to protest over non-payment of their special duty allowances.
The protesting officers who made their way to the command headquarters on Monday, say they have not been paid the money for the past six month.
On arriving at the command headquarters situated on the Maiduguri-Kano expressway, DENISAURUS News learnt that they were reportedly not given access.j
The demonstrators went on to barricade the street to stop any vehicle from passing through in the morning.
They chanted songs demanding for the money owed to be paid to them. “Give is our money.”
The disgruntled policemen demonstrating also asked that their boss, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris should be sacked.
Similarly, the National Assembly had also asked for President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the ‘incompetent” Police Chief, who refused to appear before lawmakers when summoned to give an account over the killings going on in Nigeria.
Some twitter users uploaded pictures of the protest on their social media account.
But Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, PRO has denied that there was ever any protest today.
He said: “It is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today, 2nd July, 2018.
“Some of the Police Mobile Force personnel on Special Duty in Maiduguri went to the Borno State Police Command Headquarters on enquiry over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowance in the early hours of today and not on protest as reported in some media.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni promptly directed the Commissioner of Police, Borno State to address and inform them why there is delay in the payment of their special duty allowance, and also assure them that since the budget has been approved, the allowances will be expeditiously processed and paid without any further delay. They subsequently returned to their duty posts.
“Consequently, the IGP has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force (PMF) to proceed to Maiduguri, Borno State and other States in the North East where PMF personnel are deployed on special duty; to lecture and inform them on the efforts being made by the Force to ensure timely payment of special duty and other allowances to police personnel in the North East of the country.
“The Police Mobile Force personnel that went on the enquiry are not those attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in the fight against insurgency in the North East but those on the category of visiting Police Mobile Force units deployed in Maiduguri on Crime Prevention and other Police duties in the State.
“Members of the Public in Maiduguri, Borno State are hereby enjoined not to panic but to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension.
“The Nigeria Police Force is a disciplined organization and will not allow any situation to degenerate into disturbance of Public Peace anywhere in the Country.”