By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered Police in Oyo State to return to their duty without fear as the police authority is ready to stand by them in case of any development.
IGP Adamu gave the order during his inspection and working visit to the state command, Eleyele Ibadan on Thursday.
In his address, IGP Adamu urged the police to be courageous and never shy away from performing their duty adding that they should be civil in discharging their duty.
“My being here today is to tell you to go back to your duty post, and also tell you that every Nigerian has right known as a fundamental human right.
Even you as Police have right too. So, you must protect your right because you have roles to play in protecting the people.”
“I tell you to go back to your duty post and do your work and never shy away from performing your duties. Be civil in discharging your duty and If anything happens, we will stand by you. Again, you must not shy away from dealing with criminals, if you have problems in these areas, let us know, we will assist you.”
Speaking on what brought up the EndSars protest, IGP Adamu recalled that the issue started as fake news in Ughelli, in Delta State adding that several efforts had been put up to address the development.
According to him, SARS was initially established to deal with robbery issues, but several complaints had trailed the police unit over some time, and has been dissolved.
Said he, ” we believe that those who initiated the protest wanted it to be peaceful but it turned violent. Many police stations were attacked, while private organizations and people were destroyed.”
The IGP said Nigerians must condemn the incident and must not accept violence in any form, urging well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the EndSars protest.
“Yes, In every society we have bad eggs, this is not common with the police alone as many believe, but we have to reform the the bad eggs. The majority of Police doing their work should not be attacked and demoralised.”
Adamu while assuring the police that the government has embarked on new reforms that will enhance and improve them, urged them to be more committed to their duty.
He also commended the police for displaying high level of professionalism during the EndSars protest in the state and across the nation.
“Government has come out with reforms for the police in the police Act 2020 to meet up with modern policing such as health insurance on serving or retired officers.”
He said the government will compensate and release the promotion of police who lost their life in the EndSars protest.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state commissioner of police, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu thanked the IGP for the visit, saying this will encourage and boost the morale of men and officers of the command.