IGP mandates police officials to protect themselves amidst #EndSARS protests

IGP mandates police officials to protect themselves amidst #EndSARS protests

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, October 30, mandated the force personnel to protect themselves against attacks.

Adamu made this declaration during an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, said the personnel have the right to defend themselves from danger.

According to the IGP,  the #EndSARS protesters were out to demoralise the personnel, adding that the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force would soon roll out packages for the families of the deceased officers.

The IGP said: “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 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 officers 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.”

Meanwhile, the Management of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Friday, October 30, told the Lagos State Judicial Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS and related abuses and Other Matters that the footage of the Oct. 20 shootings of the #EndSARS protesters by the Nigerian Army is available.

1st News gathered that Mr Gbolahan Agboluwaje, the Head of the Legal Department of LCC; made the revelation after Mr Abayomi Omomuwa, the Managing Director of LCC; had been sworn-in to give evidence before the panel.

Agboluwaje said that the LCC received a summons from the panel on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to appear before it; and was also ordered to present the Oct. 20 footage; an investigation report; and any other document.

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“We have the footage. We do not have an investigation report because we know that investigations are ongoing; and we have not been able to provide any document,” he said.

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