The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali has ordered various commandos across the country to begin prosecuting individuals who assault their personnel.
A statement from force spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi revealed that the IGP said an attack on its officers is an affront to the rule of law.
His directive comes just a week after a social media video of a police officer being sexually abused by a civilian went viral.
In the video, the civilian is seen holding and dragging the armed officer who he said was driving against traffic in Lagos.
Nigerians came out to condemn the act on Twitter and Facebook.
In the new directive, the IGP said that it would not tolerate any more insults as the lives of its staff were important.
“The IGP warned that attacks against policemen and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated in any form, as the Force considers the lives of its personnel sacrosanct.
“Consequently, the IGP has ordered all Police Commands and Formations to ensure that persons who participate in an assault on police officers, regardless of the above factors, face the full wrath of the law through swift prosecution. in courts of competent jurisdiction.” the statement said.
He urged Nigerians to respect the police and other law enforcement agencies so that they can fulfill their mandate.
Read the full statement:
IGP CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON POLICE OFFICERS, ORDERS PROSECUTION OF ALL CASES OF ASSAULT
– We must respect our police…IGP
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has strongly condemned the recent trend of assaults on police officers and men in uniform performing official and legal functions in various locations across the country. The IGP emphasized that attacks on police officers, who are uniformed agents of the state, are illegal and an affront to the rule of law.
The IGP warned that attacks against policemen and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated in any form, as the Force considers the lives of its personnel sacrosanct. Consequently, the IGP has ordered all Police Commands and Formations to ensure that people who assault police officers, regardless of the above factors, face the full wrath of the law through swift prosecution in the courts of law. competent jurisdiction.
The Inspector General of Police, while reiterating the Force’s commitment to guaranteeing the protection of lives and property, stressed the importance of respecting the fundamental rights of police officers and other security agents, in order to allow them to advance in their sacred mandate to better serve and protect citizens and maintain law and order.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra,
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
HEADQUARTERS OF THE FORCE
August 29, 2022