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We Need To Set Up Protocols To Prevent Hoodlums From Hijacking Peaceful Protests -IGP Adamu

The meeting between the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed was an outpouring of emotions as the two men compared notes on the outcome of the hijacking of the recent #EndSARS protests.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu, at the State House in Marina on a commiseration visit after a nationwide youth demonstration against human rights violations and brutality allegedly committed by the disbanded men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Recall that Lagos was the epicentre of the “EndSARS Protest”, which later snowballed into coordinated violence that led to a large-scale destruction of assets belonging to the State, Federal Government, police and private individuals.

Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the police chief over the mob attacks on police personnel and torching of their stations.

Despite the violence visited on the police formations by hoodlums who hijacked the protest, the Governor commended the officers in the State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the attacks.

A Press Statement from the governor’s office said that Governor Sanwo-Olu intimated the IGP on the move by the State Government to rebuild the razed police stations and offer scholarship awards to the children of the officers killed in the violence.

The Governor assured the IG that all the requests sent to the State Government by the police would be fulfilled, while pledging that the State would champion a cause to improve citizen-police relationship in order to prevent re-occurrence of the issues that led to the EndSARS protest.

While speaking to Newsmen, the IGP said he was in the State for an assessment of the police assets vandalised after the protest, consoled the Governor and people of Lagos over the coordinated arson, which left strategic assets of the State in ruins. He said the police had widened its intelligence to trace and arrest those that carried out the act.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need by Nigerians to adopt standard protocols for public protests whenever they wanted to express their grievances against the system.

“It is very important to set up protocols that will prevent hoodlums to hijack peaceful protest organised with good intentions” the IGP said.

IGP Adamu visited some of the assets torched in Lagos, including the vandalised palace of the Oba of Lagos.

In the IGP’s entourage is the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, his counterpart in Force Intelligence, Ibrahim Lamorde, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Force Operations, Hosea Karma, AIG Zone 2, Ahmed Ilyasu, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, among others.

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