Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has charged policemen to defend themselves in the face of physical danger,.
The IGP said they (policemen) were also human whose lives must be protected.
According to him, the country was relying on them to make sure that the public space was not taken over by the criminals.
He pointed out that no amount of provocation, no amount of insult would make them shy away from their responsibilities.
Adamu said in as much as the police were aware that the government was behind them, “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 yourselves,” he declared.
He stated that the police were also human and had rights to be protected, stressing that the police were sending the message that they had to legally protect their rights.
In his words: “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.” (Additional reports: TNG)