Thousands of students, teachers and lecturers at the Ramat
Polytechnic, Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Arabic College,
Government College and Yerwa Girls Secondary Schools among others were
prevented from entering their classes and academic activities
distrupted following an early Monday morning protests by armed mobile
policemen on the major streets of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Some of the teachers, Mallam Audu Ibrahim and Modu Isa who spoke to
our Correspondent said, “They could not bear the heavy sounds of
gunshots with fleeing bullets around their school premises which is a
stone throw to the Police Command Headquarters, venue of the protest,
hence, they have no option than to flee for safety. The protests
according to some of the Police Officers were not unconnected with
their seven months unpaid allowances in complementing military effort
fight Boko Haram insurgents. The aggrieved Mobile Police Rank and File
Officers insisted that their allowances be paid with immediate effect
or else they will disrupt socio economic activities and other official
duties at the State Police Command and other areas in the state
capital. One of the protesters who did not want his name in the print
based their allegations on the corrupt attitudes of Police Authorities
for nonpayment of their 7 months outstanding allowances, promotions,
ill- treatment and overstayed in their Special Operations in the
state. Unfortunately, some of the aggrieved protesters started
shooting sporadically including teargas which led to many students,
teachers, motorists and passersby ran for safety to avoid been caught
off in the protest. The armed Protesters matched in their hundreds to
the Borno State Police Headquarters located on the major highway in
the town, where they were prevented from having access into the police
complex to register their grievances. This situation led to sporadic
gunshots in the air scaring motorists and pedestrians within the
vicinity, as most of the major streets leading to the city were
barricaded. Some of the officers, who spoke to our Correspondent,
lamented that since January 2018, 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.

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