The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed the officers of the Nigerian Police Force to henceforth, use legitimate force in safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens from violent persons.
Adamu also urged the police officers and personnel to protect themselves from persons or groups under any guise, using legitimate force.
The directive of the IGP was contained in a press statement released on Saturday, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
According to the statement, all Police Commissioners and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, have been urged to resist any form of violent protests in their jurisdictions.
“The IGP restates that Command Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police should resist all riotous elements forthwith and checkmate any form of violent/riotous protests in line with Section 33 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which among other things provides for the use of such force as is reasonably necessary –
(a) For the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence 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.”
He said the Police Force will no longer allow any form of protest in the country to degenerate to the level that was recently witnessed, saying the force will use every legitimate means to prevent such from ever happening.
“The IGP affirms 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. The Force shall deploy the full weight of the law and legitimate force (if necessary) in preventing a reoccurrence.”
Adamu called on law abiding Nigerian citizens to collaborate and support the ongoing police reforms, assuring them of the Force’s unwavering commitment to the safety and security all, especially as the country approaches the yuletide.