°° Odumosu requests for non lethal weapons
The Inspector-General of Police Mr. Mohammed Adamu has urged Policemen to go back to duty as not all civilians hate them.
The IGP who spoke yesterday at the Lagos State Command after the spots assessment of attacked police Stations across the state and visit injured policemen in hospitals said that the Force is a special organization that is trained not to be provoked”: You are very special people, trained not to be provoked, so you should not be provoked. We have lost lives,but we have to realise that not all the civilians attacked us. You should go back to work.
” I want you to know that you are patriotic and people appreciate you . Many people who support you cannot be so bold to come out to you tell, but they have been calling to tell me that they are in support and they are behind us. It not all civilians that are bad and they know that not all policemen are also bad, so you should go back to your duty posts immediately.
” I repeat, we are Nigerians, but special because we are specially trained not to be provoked. You all know how the EndSARS which was agitated for in 2017 resurfaced in 2020. It started from fake news in the social media that SARS operatives have killed someone in Delta State and other States, especially Lagos picked the news. We investigated and found out that it was fake; nobody was killed. Well, the youth made requests, and their requests were granted but they remained on the roads and every security agent knows that when they remain on the roads for a long time there would be problems.
” As you all know, the police are the face of the government. When the police are viciously attacked, the police will be provoked, but we showed restraint and we were not provoked. I want to congratulate you for your resilience. I want to thank and congratulate you on being professionals. In the heat of the attack, we were able to arrest 1569 suspects all over the country. The president is proud of you and has done something about the condition of your service which will be communicated to you is a close-door meeting with you”.
Earlier, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, told the IGP that out of the 22 policemen killed during the EndSARS protest, six were from Lagos State Command, I6 police stations burnt while 13 were vandalized and 91 policemen injured.
“Interestingly sir, it gladdens the command to inform you that despite the challenges and trauma that my men were made to go through, we were not deterred. We have patriotically, professionally, and gallantly fought the miscreants to stand still, arrested 520 so far. They are currently being prosecuted in conjunction with the State’s Ministry of Justice. A lot of the looted items have been recovered. We have restored peace.
” We request that the IGP considers and approves posthumous special promotions for the police personnel who lost their lives to the recent EndSARS unrest in Lagos State. This will definitely give succor to their families and boost the morale of the serving officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.
“The IGP should approve additional Anti Riot Equipment for the Lagos State Police Command; approve and release four Water Canons to the command to make the management and/or control of riots easier and more professional for the command.
“The IGP should issue additional non-lethal weapons like teasers, stunt guns, etc, to the command in order to promote the IGP’s ideas on the use of Non-Lethal Weapons in line with the International Standards of policing”.