The Inspector General Of Police Force in Nigeria IGP Muhammad Abubakar Adamu has charged his men not to feel discouraged by the protests staged by Nigerian youth calling for the end of its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Adamu gave this charge during a visit to Ogun State police command Eleweran, Abeokuta, stating that all that happened during and after the protest is as a result of fake and bad news.
The police boss who had gone round the southwest, however, called on all police officers to come out fully to perform their duties because it is their constitutional responsibility.
“Don’t be discouraged, come out in full, and perform your duties, nobody can do it, it is your constitutional responsibility and you must do it. No amount of intimidation can prevent us from doing our job.”
“Nobody can demoralize us, nobody can prevent or make us shy away from performing our duties. The responsibility of protecting lives and property is given to the police and you are licensed to carry arms.”
“We are encouraging you to go out there and perform your duties without fear or favor and without being afraid of any victimization. Be courageous, be civil, and be calm and follow the procedures in performing your duties.”
“Your arms are supposed to be used to protect lives and property. Constitutionally when there is a violent protest, the constitution allows you to use your firearm, when individuals or groups of people are unlawful, you are allowed to use your firearm.”
“In defense of yourself and you have no other means to escape from any attack, you are allowed to use your firearm but you are not allowed to kill. As police officers, you are not allowed to kill, when you use your firearm you are supposed to maim.”
“You should not shy away from using your firearms for these purposes but don’t kill. If in the process of performing your duties, a mistake comes up, and we know that you followed all the necessary procedures, we shall be behind you, we shall support and make sure that you are not molested.”
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