For the second time in barely 48 hours, the Inspector General of Police, Friday night, met President Muhammadu Buhari inside Aso Rock on effort to address alleged Police brutality against Nigerians.
This was disclosed via President Buhari’s twitter handle.
The President wrote, “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience & calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”
There have been widespread protests by Nigerians who called for end to the activities of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
The Police authorities have in turn given reasons why FSARS can’t be scrapped, but would be restructured.
An aide to the president, Bashir Ahmad, had hinted in a tweet on Friday that the IGP was with the President.
Ahmad assured Nigerians that the president would “take an action in the best interest of Nigerians.”
“Good people of Nigeria have every right to protest the #PoliceBrutality or anything they see is not going on well. The President was briefed yesterday by the IG of Police, I am very sure action will be taken and in the best interest of Nigerians. #EndSARSProtests,” he tweeted.
Nigerians are protesting from several states are protesting against police brutality in the country.
Apart from Lagos, protests are taking place across the country, including in the capital Abuja and Osun State.
Motorists were locked down for several hours in Lagos on Friday as protesters blocked the Lagos Highway leading to Ibadan and other vital areas.
Meanwhile, the IGP has condemned the violent attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by #EndSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday.
He has also ordered a probe into the incident which resulted in the death of Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli.
One Sergeant Patrick Okuone also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.
The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The IGP, who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, has warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise.
While noting that protest by citizens remained a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views, Adamu said it must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
The IGP, gave his condolences to the family and friends of Stanley also commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint “in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation.”
“The IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, to carry out a discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident, root out the perpetrators and bring the killer protesters to book.”