The Presidency on Monday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the reported protest embarked by police personnel in Maiduguri, the Borno State 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, 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.
The Police in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, dismissed the media report of the protest, claiming that the policemen only made inquiries on their allowances and salaries before returning to their duty posts.
According to the statement, the delay in payment was due to late passage of the appropriation act, adding that with its assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, the issue would soon be addressed.
Mobile policemen in Maiduguri, Borno State, staged a protest on Monday morning over non-payment of their allowances.
The protesting officers barricaded their command headquarters located on Maiduguri-Kano expressway, disrupting traffic on the road.
One of protesters, who pleaded anonymity, said they were angry over the non-payment of their allowances in the last six months.
“About 10,000 mobile policemen were deployed to the state from different commands but we have not received our 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 were being paid their allowances as and when due.
“We have been facing hardships as a result of the non-payment of the allowances. We have made several complaints but nobody listened to us,” the aggrieved policeman said.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Damian Chukwu, blamed the non-payment on the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget.
He called on the protesting policemen to calm down and assured them that their allowances would be paid.
The Nigeria Police Force has claimed that its personnel who blocked its Borno headquarters earlier Monday in Maiduguri, were not staging a protest, but “merely complaining” over the delay in payment of their special duty allowances.
The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement claimed some of the police mobile force personnel on special duty only went to the command to enquire about the delay in the payment and not to protest.
Mr Moshood said the officers who went on enquiry were not those attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
He said they were those on the category of visiting PMF units deployed in Maiduguri on Crime Prevention and other Police duties in the State.
“The force wish to categorically state that it is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today July 2,” he said.
Mr Moshood said that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the Commissioner of Police in Borno to address why the delay in the payment of their special duty allowances.
He also assured them that with the approval of the budget, the allowances would be expeditiously processed and paid without any further delay.
The spokesman said the IGP also ordered the Commissioner of PMF to proceed to Borno and other states in the North East where personnel are deployed on special duty.