Police officers in Borno State have taken to the streets of Maiduguri, the state capital today in a protest over six months of unpaid allowances. The officers were said to have been deployed to Borno State from various units across Nigeria to help in the fight against insurgency.
Residents told newsmen that the officers also fired some gun shots, causing commuters to scamper for safety, adding that they also barricaded major roads around the police headquarters. One of the police officers, who asked for anonymity, told newsmen that they can no longer tolerate nonpayment of salaries as well as lack of decent accommodation.
The Commissioner of Police in Borno State, Damian Chukwu, who spoke to journalists on phone said the police is aware of the situation. He explained that the unpaid allowances had to do with the delay in signing the 2018 budget.
Mr Chukwu said Borno state has the largest deployments of police officeers on special duty in the country. He said there are about 44 units of such deployments in the state.