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Osinbajo Meets IG As Policemen Protest In Maiduguri

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met behind closed doors with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting came shortly after the news broke that some policemen were protesting against non-payment of their allowances in Maiduguri, Borno State.

It was, however, not clear if Idris was summoned over  the protest or he decided on his own to brief Osinbajo on the development.

The agenda of the meeting was not made public. Idris did not speak with journalists at the end of the meeting.


The Presidency also had yet to issue any press statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

Mobile policemen took to the streets of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday morning to protest six months’ unpaid allowances.

It was learnt that the officers were posted to the state in January to beef up the security of the troubled state, which had been bedevilled by Boko Haram insurgency for about a decade.

The protesting policemen, who were fully armed, marched in their hundreds to the Borno State Police Headquarters located on a major highway in the town.

The protesting policemen 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 policemen, who spoke to one of Punch correspondents on condition of anonymity, lamented that since January when they were deployed in the state on a special operation, they had not been paid their allowances.

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