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#ENDSARS: IGP warns officers against use of force on peaceful protesters

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has warned all Police Officers across the country against the use of force on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters demanding fundamental reforms in the policing system in Nigeria not just the disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Thursday by Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba saying the IGP noted that citizens have fundamental rights of freedom of expression, assembly and movement which must always be upheld and protected by the police.

The IGP however appealed to protesters to continually conduct themselves peacefully and guide their ranks against infiltration by criminal elements.

The police boss stressed that the Force leadership has clearly heard the voice of the people and is irrevocably committed to doing everything within its powers to address the observed ills, punish any offending officers and promote a people-friendly police force.

BusinessDay reported earlier that the ENDSARS Protesters on have threatened to completely shut down the entire country next week if the Federal Government does not acquiesce to their demands for fundamental reforms in the police system even as they accused the government of sponsoring hoodlums to disrupt their protests across the country.

The Protesters who resumed their demonstration in Abuja on Thursday after they were attacked by suspected hoodlums in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, gathered at the Federal Secretariat, displaying banners and placards with different inscriptions demanding far-reaching reforms.

Although the IGP has dissolved the SARS noted for extra judicial killings and rights abuses and set up the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to replace it, the protesters have continued their protests nationwide.

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Source: Business DAY