▪︎says 22 personnel were extra-judicially killed by rampaging protesters
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on Friday affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally and exercised commendable restraints during the #EndSARS protests.
He said that some paid the supreme price for peace during the peaceful protests and the violence that ensued from the hijacked process in some parts of the country.
Adamu made these observations in response to a report by Amnesty International dated 21st October, 2020 that Police personnel shot at peaceful protesters.
In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP described the Amnesty International’s report as untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidences.
He noted that during the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters.
The IGP reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.
He said available reports showed that 22 police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests.
The IGP added that many of the injured personnel were in life-threatening conditions in the hospitals.
He said 205 Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters.
“Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report.
“It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland,” the IGP said.
The Force also decried the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report.
“One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person,” the Police Chief said.
The IGP further stated that the Force was committed to the Federal Government’s ongoing holistic reforms of the NPF targeted at improving service delivery, positive police-citizen relationship and respect for human rights, enjoined Amnesty International “to ensure they subject their reports to adequate scrutiny and proper verification of facts before making the reports public.”