The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the deployment of all legitimate force to protect lives and property of citizens including police officers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies and prevent attacks on private/public assets from any violent persons or groups operating under any guise.
This is contained in a statement signed by the force public relations officer, Mr Frank Mba in abuja. According to the statement, The IGP restates that Command Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police should resist all riotous elements forthwith and checkmate any form of violent/riotous protests in line with Section of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which among other things provides for the use of such force as is reasonably necessary –
The IGP affirms that the Force would not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country. He warns that the Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.
The statement also Recall that in the wake of the ENDSARS protests and the violence that emanated therefrom, a total of fifty-one civilian fatalities and thirty-seven civilian injuries were recorded, while a total of twenty-two policemen were gruesomely murdered and twenty-six others injured by the protesters. Two hundred and five police stations, corporate facilities and private property were attacked, burnt or vandalized.
The IGP assures law abiding citizens across the country of the Force’s renewed and unwavering commitment to their safety and security especially as we approach the yuletide. He calls for the collaboration and support of citizens in the ongoing reforms of the Force.