ENDSARS: Police won't tolerate such violence protest again in Nigeria - IGP

By Joel Onuoha

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu says, the Force will never tolerate any from of violence protest in the country again, following the destruction of lives and property caused by the EndSARs across states of the federation.

Adamu made the remark on Tuesday in Abakaliki during his visit to Ebonyi as part of his tour to states after the EndSARs protest.

He, however decried the damage caused by the EndSARs and commended the personnel on their efforts to save the country from anarchy and calamity during the period.

The IGP urged the citizens to embrace peace to move the nation forward and added the the police would continue to work hard to maintainance of peace. 

"If you want to engage in any protest,  it must be peaceful and police will provide to you all the necessary security to carry such protest,  but if it is going to be violence, we will stop you. 

"The police rule of engagement is still in use and we will continue to apply it to check violence protest, especially riot.

"To the policemen, when you are on ground during any protest, try to access the situation, if the protest is violence, apply the rule of engagement, make use maximum force that requires on that situation.

"You,  as police are special trained to protect lives and not to kill them. Always know when to use your firearm, but you are not meant to kill," he advised.

In address of welcome, Mr Philip Maku, Ebonyi state Commissioner of Police also expressed worry over the destruction caused by the EndSARs protest.

Maku noted that a total of five police officers lost their lives during the EndSARs protest in the state.

"Furthermore, 11 police structures were destroyed in Ebonyi. A total of 20 vehicles were vandalised and burnt among which, five were police vehicles," the Commissioner explained.

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