The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has come out to state that the Force will not give room for #EndSARS protests due to violence recorded.
In a meeting held in Abuja on Friday, Adamu spoke with Commissioners of Police, stating that they are ready to face anyone who organises or participates in such protests within the nation.
The IGP also expressed his disappointment in the turn of events as what started as a peaceful protest turned into a violent one saying the Force protected demonstrators during the earlier #EndSARS protest in October which turned sour resulting to loss of lives and properties.
“Remember, even our constitution does not accept violent protests, so, those people that are planning to come up with another protest, if they’ve planned it to be a violent one, they should re-think, otherwise, we have prepared to face them,” the IGP said.
“We will never allow this type of #EndSARS protests again. It was violent. Peaceful protest is allowed in our constitutions. When this process started peacefully, we provided security for them. We were moving with them to make sure they were not molested by any group of people and it was going on well until it turned violent.
“When it turned violent, they then attacked the people that were even giving them protection. So, we shall never allow any violent protest in this country again. When you talk of peaceful protests, yes, it is allowed but violent protests, never!
“We’re to protect this country from hoodlums. We’re to protect this country from violence, and we want every Nigerian to work with us, to prevent what had happened as aftermath of the end of SARS in terms of destruction of public properties, loss of lives, businesses of individuals were crippled, corporate institutions were destroyed,” he said.
The Inspector-General also highlighted on the arrest of some escaped prisoners and stated the importance of cooperation with the Police Force.