The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has clearly explained that the legitimate use of force is in line with the constitution after a backlash from citizens who decried the call by the IG that Policemen to use lawful force to protect lives and properties.
IGP Adamu while quoting Section 33 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) called on Command Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to resist all riotous elements forthwith and checkmate any form of violent/riotous protests.
He mentioned that the above section of the constitution provides for the use of such force as is reasonably necessary –
(a) For the defense of any person from unlawful violence or for the defense of property;
(b) In order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or
(c) For the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection or mutiny.
The IGP in a statement signed by the Force PRO, DCP Frank Mba, said that the Force will not tolerate a repeat of the horrendous attacks and killings, arson and wanton destruction, and looting of public and private assets witnessed during the recent violent protests in some parts of the country.
Recall that in the wake of the #EndSars protests and the violence that emanated there-from, a total of fifty-one (51) civilian fatalities and thirty-seven (37) civilian injuries were recorded, while a total of twenty-two (22) policemen were gruesomely murdered and twenty-six (26) others injured by the protesters. Two hundred and five (205) police stations, corporate facilities and private property were attacked, burnt or vandalized.
The IGP assured law-abiding citizens across the country of the Force’s renewed and unwavering commitment to their safety and security especially as we approach the yuletide.