EndSARS: Because We Still “Protest” – Cops
There are signs that police and officers are still reluctant to report to their posts, despite orders from Police Inspector General (PGI) Mohammed Adamu to return to their jobs.
The police presence has remained largely anonymous as the fires and robberies involved in the #EndSARS protest have ended.
Law enforcement officers who were victims of the attack have resigned. Several sources, who spoke to the Sunday Telegraph on condition of anonymity, said nothing has changed since the chaos last month that killed 22 police officers and destroyed 205 stations.
They also said they were still vulnerable and at greater risk than the EndSARS protests began. Weapons and weapons plundered during the bloody massacre are now in the hands of the enemies of the state. “Since the attacks, nothing has changed in terms of what led to the protests in the first place,” said the District Police Officer (DPO) on duty.
Part of the protesters’ demands was to disband the Special Robbery Squad (SARS). IS responded by announcing the disbandment of the unit and its replacement with a special weapons and tactics team (SWAT). “The fact that they have been disbanded is a lie. They were only sent to other sections, where they were interrogated.
“We should mention the hospitals where they undergo medical or psychological tests. “The government is also insincere. Where are the weapons? The government must fulfill its responsibilities.
For some states that have established special units like the RRS in Lagos and special operations through their security trust funds, God only knows what will happen. “We are still left to the discretion of the source of operating expenses. We depend on the community where the station is located to manage them.
“Our barracks and offices were razed to the ground. We have nowhere to go for work. We still have the same salaries and allowances, which are not paid most of the time. “What guarantee is there that a person undergoing training in the same shaky state of infrastructure will not be what the company is screaming about?” One of our sources asked.
Another source in the special forces said that the upgraded weapon has not yet been awarded. There is no such special weapon anywhere. This is common, as hot water spray machines used to disperse aggressive protesters are not available. “How many command posts can boast of modern tear gas canisters? Those that have expired. “
In addition, another source told the newspaper that there are no bulletproof vests, armored personnel carriers (APCs) are named only nominally, since the few that they have do not withstand heavy attacks.
“This is why we lost several armored personnel carriers due to looters and arsonists who set them on fire,” the official said. But the police public relations department, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Frank Mba disputed these claims.
In response to the allegations, he said PGI and members of its management team are following the president’s directives and interrogation of the disbanded SARS men continues. He said: “They are undergoing medical and psychological examinations at the police stations.
We connected a psychologist to the process. “Training courses are currently being held in Akwang, Nasarawa State and Ila Orangun, Osun State for those who will join the new SWAT. Only those who pass the tests will be tested, while those who fail will be sent elsewhere. “There is no place in the world where treatment is carried out outdoors. The principle of confidentiality is respected by universal law. “
In addition, he said that none of the members of the disbanded SARS will be part of the new SWAT team. “Storing them will be tantamount to processing them. This makes no sense, since some of them know members of the public who protested against their excesses.
It will be counterproductive for them to be members of a new tactical group, ”he explained. With regard to expired tear gas cylinders, the MBA said he would not talk about it because “it would be tantamount to revealing my strengths and weaknesses.” However, he admitted that: “We need to refit, we need to refuel, and we need a launching environment in which we carry out our duties.”
The MBA asked the community to warm up with the cops and reassure them that they appreciate what they do and that they can only give their best where they are loved. “IG is doing its best to find solutions to the problems under consideration, both in the short and long term.
That’s why he embarked on a command tour to reassure the soldiers and officers that they were loved, to cheer themselves up and allow them to give their best before accidents. “We hope that a new culture of partnership with the police community will emerge from the ashes.”
Source: – News Telegraph