IGP Charge Police Officers To Protect Themselves Against Assault

During an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja on Friday the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has asked the men of force to protect themselves against attacks, adding that they have the right to defend themselves against physical danger.

He further encouraged the operatives who had abandoned the streets for the past five days over killing of over 20 policemen in the violence that hit the country.

Adamu claimed that the #EndSARS protesters were out to intimidate the men of force adding that government and the Nigeria Police Force would soon roll out packages for the families of the deceased officers.

“The unity of this country lies in the support that is given to police officers because if you are demoralised, the tendency is for criminals to take over the public space and the country is relying on us to make sure that the public space is not taken over by the criminals.

So no amount of provocation, no amount of insult would make us shy away from our responsibilities.

In as much as we are aware that the government is behind us; so, we would encourage you to keep performing your duties.

We would encourage you to be professional, to be civic, but if anybody touches you, if anybody comes to assault you, you can also protect yourself.

When we talk of human rights, the police are human; so, the rights of police officers would also be protected.

So, we are sending the message that legally, we have the right to protect ourselves,” he said.

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