From Nustapha Iaah Kwaru Maiduguri
There was commotion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday as mobile police officers took to the streets to protest six months unpaid allowances.
It was learnt that the officers were posted to the state in January to strengthen security of the troubled state which has been bedeviled with Boko Haram insurgency for about a decade.
The officers, who were fully armed matched in their hundreds on the Borno State Police Headquarters located on the major highway in the town, where they were prevented from taking a surge at the police complex.
The police officers subsequently barricaded the highway, shooting sporadically into the air and scaring off motorists.
Some of the students and workers had to turn back to their homes as they could not pass through the barricade.
Some of the officers, who spoke to our correspondent, lamented that since January when they were deployed to the state on special operation, they have not be given their allowances.
They complained that many of them have had to go through inhuman treatment as they have to sleep on the corridor of the office on returning from duty at night.
When contacted, the Borno Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu said he was aware and the delay in payment was caused by late passage of 2018 budget.