The Police authority has said no policeman in Borno State protested contrary to Borno state Police Commissioner pleading with the protesters in a statement released on Monday
Also contrary to reports that some personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) deployed to Maiduguri on special duty protested over nonpayment of their salaries, the Force said the personnel only went on enquiry mission.
The Police explained that the personnel returned to their duty posts immediately after they made the enquiry.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood.
Moshood also said the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police in Borno State to explain to the personnel that their salaries would be paid without further delay since the budget has been approved.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF has also been asked to proceed to the north east to lecture the personnel on why there was delay.
The statement reads: “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 wish to categorically state that it is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today, 2nd July, 2018.
“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.”
However an earlier statement from Maiduguri contradict the force headquarters statement , “The Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said he is making frantic efforts to pacify the aggrieved policemen who embarked on an early morning protest in Maiduguri, Borno State capital over unpaid allowances.
According to Mr. Chukwu, the issue will soon be resolved as the 2018 budget has just been signed into law.
The Borno CP however disclosed that only five months outstanding allowances are been owed to the protesters as against the 7 or 6 months being reported by some section of the media.
The Statement further reads: “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 has 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; 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.”
The police urged members of the Public not to panic but to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension.
“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”, it stated.