…Calls for an end to violence against law enforcement officers
BY EVELYN DADU, ABUJA – The Nigeria Police high command on Friday condemned what it described as ‘the unprovoked and violent’ attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by ENDSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday, October 8, 2020.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, who made the condemnation noted that the incident resulted in the unfortunate death of a Police officer, Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, Delta State.
IGP Adamu in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said that Corporal Etaga was attacked and brutally murdered by the protesters who also left another, Sergeant Patrick Okuone with serious body injury sustained from gunshot by the protesters.
He said that the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The IGP, who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise.
The Police boss noted that protest by citizens remain a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views, adding however that it must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
IGP Adamu while condoling the family and friends of the late Corporal Etaga Stanley who paid the supreme price in the service of the nation, equally commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation
Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State to carry out a discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident, root-out the perpetrators and bring the killer protesters to book.