The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Muhammed Adamu, has urged police officers not to shy away from performing their constitutional responsibilities.
Adamu gave the advice on Thursday during his official visit to the Police Command in Oyo State following the EndSARS protest in which some officers were killed and a police station was burnt.
The I-G urged the officers not to be demoralised by the attack saying neglecting their constitutional duty of protecting lives and properties would embolden criminals to perpetrate their evil acts.
According to him, the firearms they are licenced to carry is not for decoration but to protect lives and properties of Nigerians and should only be used when necessary.
He said during the EndSARS protest that turned violent, all the policemen showed maximum restraint in dealing with the protest.
You were professional to the core in dealing with the protest and we thank you for that. If you had used your firearm, it will be a different story.
You have told the whole world how professional you are and we encourage you to be doing that.”
The I-G said security of lives and properties was paramount to the police force and called on Nigerians to join hands in condemning the action of EndSARS protesters that used it for violent attack.
He told the officers that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor’s forum were behind them and they should not be demoralised and nobody would trample on their rights.
Adamu also said that the president had approved the upgrade of salaries of officers and that the force remained committed to promote officers as and when due.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, appreciated the I-G for the visit which, he said, had helped to boost the morale of the officers.