IGP responds to Amnesty International, saying police did not shoot #EndSARS protesters

Posted by on Oct 30, 2020, Under: News

IGP responds to Amnesty International, saying police did not shoot #EndSARS protesters

Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police, reacted to reports that the police shot and killed protesters.

PGI rejected reports from global human rights organization Amnesty International that a police officer shot and killed #EndSARS protesters.

He called the Amnesty report of October 21, 2020, according to which police officers shot peaceful protesters, “false, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”

Adamu said the police, on the other hand, “acted professionally, applied laudable restrictions, and some paid the highest price for peace during the recent protests and subsequent violence in parts of the country.”

The EndSARS Protests: Police Acting Professionally and Applying Severe Restrictions, IGP Amnesty Int’l reports, said in a statement Friday.

The statement was signed by Force PR Officer Frank Mba.

Adamu said: “During the protests, Force officers used legal means to ensure that the protests were conducted peacefully and, in most cases, were physically protected and walked alongside the protesters.

“Even as the protests escalated into violence in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained maximum restraint and did not use excessive force to control situations.

“Available reports show that 22 police officers were killed out of court by some demonstrators untied and dozens were injured during the protests. Many of the injured are in hospitals in life-threatening conditions.

“205 police stations and formations, including other important public and private infrastructure, were also damaged by some of the demonstrators.

“Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers have never used illegal force or shooting at protesters, as stated in the report.

“It also begs the imagination that Amnesty International did not mention or pay tribute to the police officers who were horribly killed during the protests while serving their homeland.

“The forces condemn the discriminatory tendencies of Amnesty International, as the report shows. The question arises whether, according to Amnesty International, even police officers are not equally empowered to defend their fundamental rights to life and dignity of the human person. ”

PGI noted that the Force is involved in federal government police reforms in Nigeria. He also ordered Amnesty to subject its reports to “proper scrutiny and scrutiny of the facts before releasing them.”