Nigerian Police Force has attacked Amnesty International’s report by denying shooting at peaceful protesters at the recently well conducted Endsars protest in the country.
This was unveiled today in a press release of the Force and the Inspector-General of Police Mohammadu Adamu affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.
Adamu who made this statement following the report made by Amnesty International dated 21st of October 2020 that Police officers shoot at protesters described the report as untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidences. The IGP 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.
He 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.
It was gathered that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life threatening conditions at the hospitals while Two hundred and five (205) Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters.
The IGP, while noting that the Force is 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 further urged Amnesty International to ensure they subject their reports to adequate scrutiny and proper verification of facts before making the reports public.
Although the Nigerian Police Force said its officers are humans not angels which means they can’t be perfect.
ENDSARS PROTESTS: POLICE PERSONNEL WERE PROFESSIONAL AND EXERCISED MAXIMUM RESTRAINTS – IGP TELLS AMNESTY INT’L
•Says Report on Shooting of Protesters by the Police, Not True.
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