• News - South East - Ebonyi
  • Updated: December 09, 2020

#EndSARS Was To Attack Govt Not End SARS - IGP

#EndSARS Was To Attack Govt Not End SARS - IGP

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said that the motive behind the #EndSARS protests was not to end SARS but to "attack government".

He stated this during his visit to the Ebonyi Police Command, asserting that the #EndSARS protest began as a result of "fake news".

Adamu said, “The EndSARS protests started as a result of fake news provided by the social media. There have been lots of reforms put in place,” he said.

“The EndSARS protests started from Delta and spread to Lagos and other parts of the country. The motive behind the protests was not to End SARS but to attack government. Police provided them cover but their aim was not peaceful protest as it turned violent few days after. The reason was to attack the police that can protect the citizens and corporate offices in the country.

“Police has the capability to prevent loss of lives. We are meant to protect and not to destroy lives. It was through maximum restraint we saved the country from anarchy. We proved that during the protests, the police can be trusted.”

He warned that the Nigeria Police "will not again accept such type of violent protest", referencing the stations and other private properties that were burnt down by hoodlums during the first phase of the protest.

Adamu said “The president supported the police and the Governor’s forum, saying that we love our police. What happened because of attack on police, has the tendency for the police to be demoralized as Banks, companies, private and public properties were destroyed.

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“Other sectors were attacked; police was not only the worse hit. Nigeria police will never again accept such type of violent protest. If you want to protest we will provide security but it should be within the law.

“We shall suppress violent protests with maximum force and follow the rules of engagement. Police officers are special breed of Nigerians specially trained. When your life is danger, you use your firearm. You are meant to maim and not to kill that person.

“The officers that died did not die in vain. We have promoted them and look into the issue of compensation. Welfare issues will be addressed including myself. We have health insurance scheme.

“In January 2021, there will be renovation of barracks and new ones will be built. Let us not be demoralized. Follow the rules of engagement. Go out with the authority that backs you in line with the constitution.”

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