The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has warned that attacks on police officers on duty will no longer be tolerated.
Issuing this warning in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi on Monday, Baba who described attacks on policemen as both illegal and an affront to the rule of law, ordered all formations to ensure the prosecution of anyone that assaults policemen regardless of what led to the assault.
“The IGP emphasized that attacks on police officers, who are uniformed agents of the state, is both illegal and an affront on the rule of law. The IGP warned that attacks on police officers and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct,” the statement read.
“Consequently, the IGP has directed all police commands and formations to ensure that individuals who engage in assault on police officers, irrespective of preceding factors, are made to face the full wrath of the law via swift prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction,” it added.
While reiterating the Force’s dedication to protecting people and property, the Inspector-General of Police emphasized the significance of upholding the fundamental rights of police officers and other security personnel in order to help them carry out their sacred duty of better serving and protecting the public and maintaining law and order.
The IGP’s warning comes in the wake of increasing assaults on men of the Nigerian police force while they’re trying to carry out their duty. One of the very prominent case was that of Arise TV reporter when he verbally assaulted a police officer who apprehended him for breaking traffic rules.
Also several viral social media clips have documented cases of assaults on men of the Nigerian police force.