Nigeria Police will not allow any future #endsars protest ~IGP
Head of Nigerian Police Force, Mohammed Adamu on Friday said that he will no longer allow violent protests in the country and promised to meet with force any attempt to cause a breakdown of law and order.
“We will never allow this type of #EndSARS protests again, it was violent. Peaceful protest is allowed in our constitution. When these rallies 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,” Adamu said while meeting with command commissioners of police in Abuja.
He disclosed that many of the masterminds of the violence that rocked the #EndSARS protests had been arrested including inmates who escaped from Edo correctional custodial centre.
Adamu also said that many inmates had equally been arrested in Kano and Kaduna while perpetrating crimes.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on groups said to be planning another round of protests to drop the idea.
The Inspector-General of Police said that the men of the force were working hard to apprehend other inmates at large, including cultists terrorizing the neighbourhoods across the country.
“We have made a lot of arrests of those people that escaped from prisons. Some were even arrested in Kano and Kaduna. When they escaped, some of them went back to their business of robbery.
“And the cultists, when they escaped, they went back to the business of cultism, especially in Edo.
“We’ve been able to arrest a significant number of them and we are still after those that are outside. We call on Nigerians, any information you have about an escapee from any of the correctional centres, please inform us or any other security agencies, so that we can get them back to prison,” Adamu said.
However, the IGP claim that police provided cover for the #endsars protesters was debunked one of the cell leaders of the youth group that organised the protest.
The young lad who spoke with the Global Financial Digest said hoodlums were hired by people suspected to be politicians and link with the government with the connivance of the Police to disrupt the protests in many local in Lagos and Abuja.
The cell leader who did not want his name in print accused the security agencies of conspiracy in the violence that follow the shooting of #endsars protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza on October 20.