The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, stated Friday that contrary to the accusation by the Amnesty International (AI) that police shot at protesters during the #EndSARS protests, 22 police personnel were killed across the nation during the protests.
He stated officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace in the course of the current protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the nation.
He stated the report by Amnesty International dated 21st October, 2020 that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters was “unfaithful, deceptive and opposite to all out there empirical proof.”
An announcement issued by Force Headquarters stated the IG noted that in the course of the protests, officers of the force used reliable means to make sure that the protests had been carried out in a peaceable method and generally, bodily protected and walked side-by-side with the protester
The IG acknowledged that when the protests turned violent in some parts of the nation, the officers nonetheless maintained utmost restraint and didn’t use extreme power in managing the conditions.
The assertion stated out there reviews confirmed that 22 police personnel had been extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured in the course of the protests.
“Most of the injured personnel are in life threatening circumstances on the hospitals. 2 hundred and 5 police stations and formations together with different important non-public and public infrastructure had been additionally broken by a piece of the protesters.
“Regardless of these unprovoked assaults, our cops by no means resorted to make use of of illegal power or capturing on the protesters as alleged within the report”, it stated.
Adamu stated it “beggars creativeness that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to cops who had been gruesomely murdered in the course of the protests whereas serving their fatherland.
“The power decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen within the report. One wonders if within the estimation of Amnesty International, cops will not be additionally human beings equally entitled to the safety of their basic rights to life and dignity of human particular person”.
The IG whereas noting that the power is dedicated to the federal authorities’s ongoing holistic reforms of the NPF targeted at enhancing service delivery, positive police-citizen relationship and respect for human rights, enjoins Amnesty International to make sure they topic their reviews to adequate scrutiny and proper verification of details earlier than making the reports public.