- In October, there was a protest across several states of Nigeria tagged EndSARS
- The IG of Police claimed the protest was aimed at attacking President Muhammadu Buhari's government
- The police boss also stated that it took the intervention of the force to prevent total loss of order in the country
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has pointed to fake news as the culprit that sparked the nationwide EndSARS protest which was eventually hijacked by hoodlums.
According to The Cable, IGP Adamu claimed that the protesters did not stage the rally to actually end the defunct police squad, but to attack the federal government.
The police chief made this allegation during his visit to the Ebonyi state command on Tuesday, December 8.
Adamu went on to disclose that the protest originated in Delta and spread to Lagos and then to other states of the country.
He added that the police, despite numerous attacks, had to apply maximum restraint to save Nigeria from anarchy at the time.
“The EndSARS protests started as a result of fake news provided by social media. There have been lots of reforms put in place.
“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 the government. Police provided them cover but their aim was not peaceful protest as it turned violent a 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.”
Meanwhile, residents of Lagos had appealed to the police to return to their duty posts to ensure the safety of lives and property.
Lagosians made the plea on Tuesday, October 27, on social media platforms.
Legit.ng gathered that the residents said the police have deserted major roads within the state, adding that their absence has increased the cases of looting of private shops by the hoodlums.
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