The police force has explained away the protest of its men over non-payment of seven months allowances and promotion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Monday.
Mobile policemen deployed to Borno to complement the efforts of the military in the fight against the insurgency took to the streets with some hooded firing gunshots into in protest of alleged non-payments of their entitlements.
The moment which was captured on camera and aired on televisions has been dismissed by the police force as an ordinary “complain” by its men.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to media report that policemen protested in Maiduguri over non-payment of their Special Duty Allowance.
“The Force wishes to categorically state that it is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today ( yesterday) July 2, 2018,” a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, said.
The statement read further: “Some of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, 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 (yesterday) and not on protest as reported in some media.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP 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 had 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.
“The COMPOL MOPOL is 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.”