Amnesty Int’l lied, officers were professional, they didn’t shoot at protesters, says IGP

Amnesty Int’l lied, officers were professional, they didn’t shoot at protesters, says IGP

- IGP Adamu has denied a report by Amnesty International on EndSARS protests

- The organisation had reported that some EndSARS protesters were shot at by the police

- In his reaction, Adamu, however, described the report as untrue and misleading

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Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has denied reports by Amnesty International (AI), a global human rights organisation, that some EndSARS protesters were shot by police. reports that the IGP in a thread of tweets posted on the Nigeria Police Force Twitter page, @PoliceNG, described Amnesty’s report of October 21, which said peaceful protesters were shot at, as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”

Adamu, however, said police officers acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints, adding that some officers paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressing the nation over EndSARS protests. Credit: Twitter/Nigeria Police Force.
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Adamu said:

“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."

According to him, when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still managed the situations professionally.

“Available reports show that 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."

He added that 205 police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were damaged by a section of the protesters.

Adamu noted that despite the unprovoked attacks, police officers never resorted to using unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report.

He stated:

“It also beggars the imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland.

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“The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if, in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of the human persons.”

The IGP noted that the Force is committed to the federal government’s ongoing reforms of the Nigeria Police Force, advising the Amnesty to subject its reports to adequate scrutiny and proper verification of facts before making the reports public.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state appealed to Nigerians not to turn their back against the police and other security agencies over the activities of the disbanded SARS.

It was reported that the governor said the events of the past few weeks, especially the #EndSARS protest, should not be framed in a way that might leave officers and men of the police demoralised or dejected.

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