(By Chioma Peters)-Aggrieved policemen Monday stormed the streets of Borno state, the epicenter of the war on Boko Haram, for hours demanding the payment of their unpaid special duty allowances.
The protesting policemen who were reported to be firing gunshots in the process, disrupted traffic on major roads leading to the Borno State headquarters of the Nigerian Police, alleging general neglect, lack of accommodation and other basic needs.
Meanwhile Channelstv reported the Police Commissioner in Borno, Mr Damian Chukwu, as confirming the disturbance among police personnel in his command over unpaid five months special duty allowances and that efforts were being made to pay them.
In a reaction, the Force Headquarters in Abuja hinted that the personnel on special duty in Maiduguri were at the Command Headquarters to know why the payment of their special duty allowances was being delayed.
A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the Inspector General of Police Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has directed prompt payment of the outstanding special duty allowances
One of protesting policemen who spoke to NAN but pleaded anonymity, said they were angry over non-payment of their allowances in the last six months.
“About 10, 000 mobile policemen were deployed to the state from different commands but we have not received our allowances in the past six months.
“We have been serving at the command headquarters since our deployment; but some of us deployed to other locations outside the headquarters were being paid their allowances as and when due.
“We have been facing hardships as a result of the non-payment of the allowances. We have made several complaints but nobody listened to us,” the aggrieved policeman said.
In the meantime, Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu has assured the protesting personnel of Nigeria police that their allowances would be paid and pleaded for patience.