Don't intimidate Nigerians - IGP tells police officers

Don't intimidate Nigerians - IGP tells police officers

- Police officers have been asked not to intimidate Nigerians during this lockdown

- According to police IGP, officers for the enforcement restriction order must be professional, humane

- The IGP also asked them to show utmost respect to the citizenry

The Inspector-General of Police M.A Adamu has cautioned police officers not to infringe upon the rights of Nigerians under any pretext.

The police boss asked his men to respect people on essential duties who are duly exempted from the restriction orders.

He said they should be allowed to move to their place of work without molestation.

The IGP urged all police officers deployed for the enforcement of the restriction order to be professional, humane and tactful. He also asked them to show utmost respect to the citizenry.

To this end, the IGP directed command commissioners of police to monitor police officers deployed on enforcement duties in their areas of responsibilities.

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This was disclosed in a statement made available to and signed by Frank Mba, force public relations officer.

Meanwhile, had reported that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed videos currently circulating on social media of soldiers torturing civilians.

Those who circulated the videos had suggested that the civilians were being punished for violating the presidential directive to stay at home over the coronavirus pandemic.

The DHQ in a statement sent to journalists and signed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, said the move is a calculated attempt to blackmail the military.

He stated that the videos are misleading and are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to state that the videos were old clips of past incidents that took place in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

“The clips are being used by some mischievous elements to tarnish the image of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

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“Those videos are misleading, as they are not related to the present military engagement of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards the lockdown on COVID-19,” part of the statement read.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to disregard those videos. It is the handwork of false news propagators. The Armed Forces of Nigeria remains undaunted and would not be distracted,” the statement added.

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Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 31, commended Lagosians for compliance on the first day of the stay-at-home directive.

The governor said the compliance indicates that Lagosians understand the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic.

He reminded residents of the state that the lockdown directive is a strategy to avoid community spread of the virus.

In a related development, an Islamic cleric in Jos, the Plateau state capital, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingri, has been quizzed by the police for violating the order against social gathering on Friday, March 27.

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