The police authorities have denied reports that riot policemen protested over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowance in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday.
The Force Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood said in a statement in Abuja that the policemen simply visited the Borno State Police Command headquarters on enquiry over the delay of their allowance.
The police claim is however contrary to pictures circulating online showing the men holding leaves and firing their weapons in the air.
Moshood explained that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Commissioner of Police, Borno State to inform the men why there was delay in the payment of their allowance and also assure them that “since the budget has been approved, the allowances will be expeditiously processed and paid without any further delay.”
He said, “Consequently, the IGP has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force 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 spokesman further explained that the “PMF that went on enquiry” were not attached to ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ fighting against insurgency in the North East.
He added that the policemen were a unit of visiting riot cops deployed in Maiduguri on crime prevention and other police duties in the state.
“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,” the force assured.