The issue of the non-payment of allowances to Mobile Police Officers in the country has generated into an ugly state as they, in Maiduguri the Borno State capital, on Monday, staged a protest, barricading the command’s headquarters situated on Maiduguri – Kano expressway. The officers who let off teargas and fired volleys of gunshots into the air, chant slogans like “Pay us our allowances or there will be no peace”.
Speaking on the protest, an officer who decided not to disclosed his name and rank revealed that they were angry over the non-payment of their allowances in the last six months. He said that about 10,000, ten thousand of them were deployed to the state from different commands but are yet to receive their 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 have not being paid their allowances as at when due. “We have been facing hardship as a result of the non-payment of the allowances. We have made several complaints but nobody listened to us” the aggrieved police man revealed.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Damian Chukwu, blamed the non-payment on the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget. He went further to call on the protesting police officers to calm down and assured them that their allowances would be paid.
Another Mobile Police Officer said that the last time he was paid he received only 23 000 naira ($64) – just 5 000 naira more than the national minimum wage.
A “large part” had been deducted with no explanation given, he added. Officers were unable to give money to their families for food and school fees, he said.
“How do they expect us to maintain security when we are hungry and frustrated, when we haven’t seen our families for months and can’t discharge our basic responsibilities as husbands and fathers?” he asked. “Our patience has been exhausted. All we are saying is they should give us our money.”