State govt bails FG out on protesting police

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has released a total sum of N27.7 million to settle 2,640 mobile policemen’s allowances, who protested last week Monday in Maiduguri.

The Federal Government had failed to pay the “special duty allowances” of the protesting policemen for six months, claiming it was delayed because of late passage of national budget of 2018.

It was gathered that the governor, who intervened in the matter because of delicate security situation in the state also distributed 200
bags of rice and dozen of jerrycans of cooking oil to support the protesting police officers.

The rampaging mobile policemen on July 2, 2018 barricaded the Maiduguri-Airport road, insisting that their withheld six months’ outstanding allowances be paid with immediate effect.

The policemen had vowed to continue disrupting socioeconomic activities and official duties at the State Police Command.

Speaking at disbursement centre of Police Headquarters, Maiduguri, the Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Zanna, who also represented the Governor, said the state government intervened by disbursing N10,000 each to 2,640 policemen on special duty in Borno state.

His words: “The immediate payments of N27.7 million cash was in fulfillment of the governor’s pledges on policemen’s palliatives support.

“The released funds are to be disbursed to each of the visiting personnel of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on special duty, pending Federal Government’s cash inflows.

“The Governor’s pledge has already been fulfilled as each of them received N10, 000 cash. This includes the distribution of 200 bags of rice, 20 jerry cans of cooking oil and other condiments to the total value of N27.720 million.”

The Borno state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu also told journalists that the present administration is much more committed to the plights and welfare of personnel of security agencies.

“They have contributed immensely in the restoration of peace, as over 38, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to three communities of Guzamala, Bama and Kukawa,” he said.

According to him, the disbursement of funds to personnel of mobile policemen will cushion their hardships to protect people’s lives and property.

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