- Police officers have been warned against using force on protesters across Nigeria
- The directive was given by the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu
- The police boss also appealed to #EndSARS protesters to conduct themselves peacefully
Following the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has warned all officers against the use of force on peaceful protesters.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, on Thursday, October 15.
The police boss speaking further in the statement noted that citizens have fundamental rights including freedom of expression, assembly, and movement which must always be upheld and protected by the police.
However, the IGP appealed to protesters to continually conduct themselves peacefully and guide their ranks against infiltration by criminal elements.
He also stressed that the force is committed to doing everything within such its powers to address the observed ills, punish any offending officers.
The warning is coming after amid viral video clips on social media showing police officers firing live rounds at peaceful protesters.
There have also been photos of police officers standing by to watch armed thugs attack protesters.
Recall that Adamu assured Nigerians of justice following the outcry over brutality by the controversial unit Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was revealed in a video shared on the official Twitter page of the Nigerian government on Wednesday, October 14.
Operatives of the unit have long been accused of kidnapping, harassing, and extorting many Nigerian youths.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed dismay over some violence-related protests across the country.
The AFN frowned at the increasing number of attacks on peaceful protesters by thugs and miscreants, warning that the unfolding event against peace-loving Nigerians will not be condoned.
A statement to journalists from the coordinator, Defence Media Operations in the Defence Headquarters, Major-General John Enenche, warned that no one should attack peaceful protesters.
In a related development, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has officially intervened in the ongoing protests against police brutality nationwide.
The governors met on Wednesday, October 14 in Abuja with Adamu on the issue and the way forward as the protests spread to other parts of the country.
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