Misdirected Anger? Angry Policemen Boo Matawalle Over Alleged Neglect

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Misdirected Anger? Angry Policemen Boo Matawalle Over Alleged Neglect

Some policemen in Zamfara State may have misdirected their frustrations on Governor Bello Matawalle as they reportedly booed him during a visit the mortuary where bodies of mobile policemen, who were killed in an attack by bandits in the state, are being kept.

NaijaNewsNow had reported that about 13 mobile policemen were killed by bandits, who invaded their base in Kurar-Mota Village of Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, the policemen, who were angry with Matawalle over allegations of neglecting them and not providing adequate welfare packages for them, resorted to booing him endlessly.

An officer, who pleaded anonymity, said the incident happened at the Ahmad Sani Yarima Bakura Specialist Hospital in the state capital, Gusau.

The officer said: “After visiting the patients, most of whom are wounded police officers who survived the attack, the governor moved ahead to the mortuary but was met there by hordes of aggrieved officers.”

The source also claimed that the police officers, mostly men of the Mobile Police Force (MOPOL), complained that they called severally for reinforcement but no one came to their aid, despite the fact that they operated without enough ammunition.

“They were so angry with the governor and were hurling abusive words on him. It got so bad that some of them attempted to attack him but were held back by colleagues.

“They also accused the governor of neglecting their allowances for over one year despite the fact that they left their families for long and nobody is taking care of them.

“They said even having access to their salary is a problem as they are mostly in the bush”, the source said.

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