.Buhari not committed to security –PDP alleges
.It was a complaint, not a protest -FPRO
OBIORA, IFOH and JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja, with agency report
The Presidency on Monday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the reported protest embarked by police personnel in Maiduguri, the Borno capital, on Monday.
The police personnel were said to have protested over non-payment of their monthly salaries and allowances.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IGP was seen heading towards the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, at the presidential villa, Abuja.A source at the Presidential Villa, who preferred to remain anonymous told NAN that the IGP was in the villa to brief the presidency on the police protest.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the street protest by police officers on duty in troubled Borno State, over unpaid allowances as unfortunate and an ugly epitaph of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.The party said the development has confirmed that the Buhari Presidency has not been committed to providing security for the troubled states, despite huge resources at its disposal, but has only been paying lip service and giving false assurances to the people.
Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said: “Is it not disconcerting that policemen, who daily risk their lives at the fronts, are denied their allowances for months; left unaccommodated, without basic needs and kept forlorn in the face of battle, while their commander-in-chief and top officers enjoy the comfort of their huge offices in Abuja, from where they grandstand about their non-existent commitment to security?
“Nigerians can now see that this administration is overtly deceitful, thrives on propaganda, lies, false claims and is never committed to the good of the people even as it blames everyone else for its failures. “The PDP strongly believes that the situation is more than has met the eyes. We therefore demand an urgent investigation to get to the root of this pathetic situation and stress that findings of such investigations must be made public.
“Finally, while we urge the aggrieved policemen to exercise restraint, we charge the police high command to ensure their immediate payment and do all to restore the morale of all our men at the front.”
However, the authorities of the Nigeria Police have dismissed reports of protest reportedly embarked upon by men of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, in Maiduguri due to non-payment of thier June 2018 salaries and duty allowances by the Police high command.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday said that 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.
He said that the Force wishes to categorically state that it is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. According to him, 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.
He said that 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.He also informed that 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 boss hinted that 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.He appealed to the members of the public in Maiduguri, Borno State not to panic but to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension.The Force image maker added that 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.
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