The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, begged personnel of the force to return to their duty posts.
The IGP made the appeal while addressing his men at the Federal Capital Territory command in Abuja immediately after he returned from assessment tour to various police facilities destroyed by the hoodlums during #EndSARS protests.
He also charged them to protect themselves against any assault at their respective duty posts.
He said his move to embark upon the tour was to boost the morale of officers who have abandoned the streets for the past few days sequel to various attacks suffered by the security operatives in various states.
According to him, the #EndSARS protesters were out to demoralise the personnel, adding that government and the Nigerian Police Force would soon roll out package for their welfare and those who have lost their lives during the nationwide protests.
He said: “We are here today to tell you that the government is concerned with what happened and the government is behind all of us.
“The federal government is behind all of us.
“You remember the speech Mr President gave, where he said not all police officers are bad.
“Only few that are there are bad, and they have to be reformed and the federal government is fully behind the police.
“And that the federal government will never accept any police officer to lose his life, that the unity of this country lies on the support that is given to police officers because if you’re demoralised, the tendency is for the criminals to take over the public space.
“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 will make us to shy away from our responsibilities in as much as we are aware that government is behind us.
“So, we will encourage you to continue performing your duties, we will encourage you to be professional in performing your duties, and we will encourage you to be civil 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 humans.
“So, the rights of police officers should also be protected.
“We are sending the message, that legally, we have the rights to protect ourselves.”
The police chief noted that the federal government had vowed to reform all the “bad eggs” within the force, assuring that recently signed Police Act will cater for the welfare of all its personnel.
“The Federal Government has vowed to make sure that from now, the police is reformed in all segments of the Force; whether it is in the area of logistics, welfare to individual officers or to our barracks.
“It is for that reason that the Federal Government, for the past 10 years, the government of this country has been trying to come up with an intervention in terms of police trust fund, where money can be found to take care of police’s needs.
“It is only this government that has been able to see the light of passage of Police Trust Fund.
“So, all our barracks will be taken care of.
“All our logistic requirements in terms of vehicles, in terms of medicals, all segments of what is required of police officers to have for them to perform their duties, the fund will take care of that.
“Not only that, within the new Police Act that has been passed into law, there are a lot of provisions that take care of welfare of police officers.
“It is not administrative way or administrative procedure to take care of your officers but it is now legal that those welfare requirements must be given, and it is this government that passed them into law, that Police Act 2020,” he added.
Committee to assess losses
Shortly after he returned to force headquarters, the IGP inaugurated a 9-man committee to assess losses suffered by the force and pay a condolence visit to all families of deceased police officers and the injured ones.
The committee, which has a Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, as its chairman, is expected to submit its report within three weeks.
Other duties delegated to the committee include; visit to the scenes of the incident and capture the pictorials of all damages done to police infrastructure and personnel; verify the fatalities suffered by the police; establish the weapons holdings that were lost during the incidents and others.
196 suspects arrested, arraigned
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner of Police, FCT command, Bala Ciroma, disclosed that no fewer than 16 major incidences were recorded from violent clashes in Abuja, where 10 lives were lost and several persons sustained varying degrees of injury.
He added that the command has, however, arrested and arraigned 196 suspects in connection with the arson on private property and police outpost in Dutse-Makaranta which was raised down during the mayhem.
Ciroma said: “It is no news that the infamous #ENDSARS movement which commenced on 11th October, 2020 at the Unity Fountain, eventually resulted into violent agitations which festered other criminal activities within the last two weeks in the FCT.
“As a result of this, the command recorded sixteen major incidences resulting from violent clashes which erupted at Berger Round-About, Apo-Kabusa, Dutse-Alhaji.
“This was followed by a high wave of looting and vandalism of public infrastructures, warehouses and other private property at Kubwa, Gwagwalada, Jabi-Daki-Biu, Iddo and Wuye.
“The most devastating of these unpropitious activities was the malicious burning of Dutse-Makaranta Police outpost.
“During the period under review, the command arrested and arraigned 196 suspects before six mobile courts.”
#EndSARS: Old Women, Other Lead Protest, Says They March For The Children In Lagos
In what many described history seems to have resumed with full force in Lagos State on Thursday with protesters marching by Tejuosho Road in the Yaba area of the state.
According to reports, Old women and some young men brandished various placards in the area, defying the scorching heat to march for almost two hours.
They continued to chant, “End SARS and we march for our children.”
A number of them were also seen carrying the Nigerian flag in their hands, with microphones to make their voices audible.
The EndSARS movement, mostly peaceful, had turned to a blood field on Tuesday, October 20, when the personnel of the Nigerian Army went to the Lekki Tollgate area and opened fire on the crowds.
The soldiers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, reportedly killed and injured several demonstrators.
A certain Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had reportedly led the soldiers to fire bullets at the scene. However, he claimed before the ongoing Lagos State Panel of Inquiry that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.
A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor had initially denied any loss of life from the gunfire or that he was aware of the deployment of soldiers.
Later, he admitted that two persons were killed in the incident, while the army said in a terse statement that the state government requested a military clampdown on the protesters to enforce its earlier-than-scheduled curfew.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
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