To protect lives and property of Nigerians amid the ongoing violence which has marred the #EndSARS protests, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police unit – the Police Mobile Force, across the country.
The deployment of the special police unit, Adamu, said is to help in securing critical national infrastructure across the country.
In a statement released on Tuesday entitled, “Attacks On Police Facilities, Others – IGP Orders Deployment Of Anti-Riot Police Officers,” and signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, he said, “The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide.
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
“Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.
“The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from Correctional facilities.
He, however, advised parents and guardians “to prevail on their children and wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the Force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.”
Since the past two weeks, the #EndSARS protests have been rocking the country, with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force, and all entreaties by leaders, politicians and business leaders and other interest groups for the youths to leave the streets have yielded no result.