‘Police protest, confirmation of IGP’s incompetence’

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The House of Representatives has expressed a sense of vindication in its earlier vote of no confidence in Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

This followed the protest by policemen in Maiduguri, Borno State, over non-payment of their special allowances.

Commenting on the development on Thursday, the lawmakers noted that the protest was a clear testimony of the IGP’s alleged incompetence.

The House had recently passed a no-confidence vote on the IGP, and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him, insisting that the police boss was lawless and incompetent.

However, the president was said to have refused to see reasons with the lawmakers.

But on Monday, mobile police operatives drawn from across the country to the frontline in the ongoing military operations against Boko Haram in the North East, were reported to have protested to the police headquarters in Maiduguri over their unpaid allowances for upward of six months and poor welfare.

Consequently, lawmakers in the House of Representatives said the action of the policemen was a clear indication that they could not go beyond that, to do other unlawful things with their rifles, warning the IGP not to push the men into crimes.

The House has, therefore, moved to investigate the circumstances that led to the protest by the police operatives.

This followed a motion of urgent public importance brought by Kinsley Chinda from Rivers State.

Chinda, in the motion, said the scene of the protest was a worrisome sight and the legislature must wade in urgently, and warned that history would not forgive them if they failed to act accordingly.

Other lawmakers who spoke in support of the motion also said that the welfare of mobile policemen should be given utmost priority.

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