Scores of policemen on Saturday took over the streets in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in protest against poor accommodation facilities in the state.
The protesting policemen said to be operatives of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Imo state police command, started the demonstration on Friday, alleging that they were being asked to leave their quarters on Orlu road by the management of Federal Medical Center, Owerri.
The officer, who wore face masks to shield their identity, shot sporadically into the air and set bonfires on the high way.
Narrating their ordeals to newsmen, their spokesman, who spoke anonymously said,”We have been pushed out of our quarters and to make things worst, our commander supported the act and no alternative place has been provided for us.
“We moved into this place in 2015 after our quarters in Nekede was marked for renovation. But this base 7 of CTU of Nigeria police Force started operation in this state in 2011.”
The officers lamented they do not deserve the treatment being meted to them despite their efforts to maintain peace and security in the state.
He added, “As we demonstrate, our families are stranded. Bulldozers are destroying the quarters. Our property, documents, credentials and other personal belonging are outside.
“We demand better treatment. We are human beings working for the betterment of this country.We should be treated like human beings not like animals.”
Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikokwu, reacting to the incident, said that an alternative quarters had been provided for the protesting policemen.
He said that the state commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, had instructed the CTU commander to ensure that his subordinates settled in the new quarters as quickly as possible, stressing that the protesting cops failed to understand that the quarters they were ejected from was not a permanent quarters for them.