The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Thursday warned officers all over the country to desist from harassing protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Force.
The IGP said the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force would punish officers found guilty of any act of brutality against members of the public especially during the #EndSARS protests.
In a notice titled, ‘IGP Warns Police Officers Against Use Of Force On Peaceful Protesters’, Adamu said citizens enjoy fundamental rights to freedom of expression and as such should not be harassed.
The statement read, “The IGP has warned police officers against the use of force on peaceful protesters.
“He reiterates that citizens have fundamental rights of freedom of expression, assembly and movement and these must always be upheld and protected by the police.
“He appeals to protesters to continually conduct themselves peacefully and guide their ranks against infiltrations by criminal elements.
“The IGP stresses that the Force leadership has heard the voice of the people clearly and is irrevocably committed to doing everything possible to address the observed ills, punish the offending officers and enthrone a people-friendly police force.”
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