Published On: Mon, Jul 2nd, 2018

Protesting Mobile Policemen Merely Making Enquiry About Delayed Allowances, Police Claim

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By Sadiq Umar – The Nigeria Police says the policemen that protested in Maiduguri, Borno state capital on Monday were merely making enquiry over the delay in payment of their special duty allowances.

Some mobile policemen staged a protest at the early hour on Monday in Maiduguri over non-payment of their allowances. The protesting officers barricaded their command headquarters located on Maiduguri-Kano expressway.

But the Police, in a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, said there was no protest but instead, the policemen referred to were merely making “enquiry over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowances.”

“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, Ibrahim Idris, 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,” Moshood said.

Adding that 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 statement said 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.

The police urged members of the public in Maiduguri, Borno State not to panic but to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension.



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