Scores of Mobile Policemen on Monday organized a heavy protest in Maiduguri, Borno state over unpaid allowances. The officers have reportedly not been paid for 7 months.
According to the aggrieved officers, who blocked the Maiduguri-Kano Highway, Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP), has been “selling promotion to those who have connections”.
They were heard chanting ‘IG is corrupt!’ ‘IG is a thief!’ ‘Where are our allowances?’ ‘Buhari is a good man but IG has eaten our allowances!’ ‘Buhari must hear this!’
All the public schools around the Borno Police Command were forced to join their protests, abandoning their academic activities. The schools include Ramat Polytechnic, Government College, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education and Umar Mustapha Arabic College.
The leader of aggrieved officers said;
“We have about 50 squadrons here, we are all visiting mobile policemen. Can you imagine that we have not been paid our allowances for seven months? Some of our personnel here lost their children simply because they could not afford health services.
Just go inside the commands, you would see where some of our personnel have been sleeping for months. They brought us here for special service but we have subjected to slavery here. Soldiers are receiving their monthly allowances plus three meals per day, but we don’t enjoy such. We demand explanations.”
They lamented that since their arrival in Borno, they had been subjected to inhumane treatment by IGP Idris. They also called on the President to address the issue.