By Nwafor Sunday
Following report by Amnesty Worldwide, that troopers and Cops shot at peaceable protesters at Lekki Tollgate, Inspector Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Friday described the report as unfaithful, deceptive and opposite to all accessible empirical evidences.
The non-governmental rights group had in its report accused the Nigerian military and Police of taking pictures and killing #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate.
Giving a timeline which hitherto may be likened to acts and scenes (If it have been to be a film), Amnesty Worldwide took out time to interrupt minutes by minutes the occasions that occurred earlier than the taking pictures, and maybe after the taking pictures.
In its report, the rights group embedded pictorial and video evidences linking law enforcement officials and troopers from ‘bonny camp’.
Nevertheless, condemning Amnesty’s report, Adamu in a press release by the forces spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, stated that Police personnel have been skilled in carryout their lawful duties.
Learn the assertion under:
“The Inspector-Normal of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Pressure acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and a few paid the supreme worth for peace throughout the latest protests and ensuing violence in some elements of the nation.
“The IGP made this commentary following report by Amnesty Worldwide dated twenty first October, 2020 that Police personnel shot at peaceable protesters. He described the Amnesty Int’l report as unfaithful, deceptive and opposite to all accessible empirical evidences.
“The IGP famous that throughout the protests, officers of the Pressure used reputable means to make sure that the protests have been carried out in a peaceable method and usually, bodily protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters. He reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some elements of the nation, the officers nonetheless maintained utmost restraint and didn’t use extreme pressure in managing the conditions.
“Out there Experiences present that twenty-two (22) police personnel have been extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured throughout the protests. Most of the injured personnel are in life threatening situations on the hospitals. 2 hundred and 5 (205) Police stations and formations together with different crucial personal and public infrastructure have been additionally broken by a bit of the protesters.
“Regardless of these unprovoked assaults, our law enforcement officials by no means resorted to make use of of illegal pressure or taking pictures on the protesters as alleged within the report. It additionally beggars creativeness that Amnesty Worldwide failed to say or pay tribute to Cops who have been gruesomely murdered throughout the protests whereas serving their fatherland. The Pressure decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty Worldwide as seen within the report. One wonders if within the estimation of Amnesty Worldwide, law enforcement officials should not additionally human beings equally entitled to the safety of their elementary rights to life and dignity of human individual.
“The IGP, whereas noting that the Pressure is dedicated to the Federal Authorities’s ongoing holistic reforms of the NPF focused at enhancing service supply, optimistic police-citizen relationship and respect for human rights, enjoins Amnesty Worldwide to make sure they topic their studies to ample scrutiny and correct verification of information earlier than making the studies public.”