EndSARS Protests: IGP Visits Lagos, Commiserates With Sanwo-Olu | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

… Urges Policemen To Be More Courageous

Lagos – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, on Tuesday visited Lagos to commiserate with the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the destruction of property and loss of lives in the state following the recent #EndSARS protests.

Adamu, while addressing newsmen at the State House, Marina, after visiting the governor, urged policemen not to be discouraged as a result of attacks unleashed on them and various police stations in the state.

The IGP, who said the policemen should see what happened to them as part of the risks in the job, admitted the morale of men of Nigeria Police is down but encouraged them not to be demoralised by the ugly incident.

“Lagos seems to be the epicentre where the incidents took place. The amount of destruction is more in Lagos than any other state. I am here to commiserate with the governor of Lagos and the people of the state on the amount of destruction to public property and private businesses.

“My visit is also to see the Police stations that were destroyed and talk to officers and men of the Nigeria Police and encourage them not to be demoralised by events that took place where they were attacked and police stations destroyed,” he said.

According to the IGP, “They are specially trained to take this kind of risks because by the nature of police job, they are exposed to this type of risk. Now that this has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties.

“The morale of some of them have been dampened, so the visit is to urge them not to to be discouraged but to come out to protect lives and property.

“Apart from the police stations destroyed, private businesses were also destroyed, even the palace of Oba of Lagos was destroyed. I would urge the citizens that any time they want to undertake a peaceful protest, it’s important to set up a protocol in order not to allow miscreants to hijack the protest.

“The moment you allow that, the intent of the protest will be defeated as in the case of this peaceful protest we witnessed.

“No nation will be able to bear the loss like we see in Lagos. Even it will take a long time,” Adamu added.

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