The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has on Friday contested a report by the Amnesty International over the deployment of excessive force against #EndSARS protesters across Nigeria.
Adam insisted that his men “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace” during the protests and the ensuing violence in parts of the country.”
He stated that, 22 police officers also lost their lives while 205 police stations and formations were torched.
Recall that, the Amnesty International in its report lashed out on the police for assaulting the activists demanding police reforms, stating that they used excessive force on them.
The global human right body stated that over 12 protesters died during the ensuing violence.
However, the IG described the AI’s report as untrue, misleading and “contrary to all available evidence.”
The police rebuttal was contained in a statement on Friday, by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, titled, ‘EndSARS protests: Police personnel were professional and exercised maximum restraints, IGP tells Amnesty International.’
It read, “The IGP noted that during the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters.
“He reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.
“Available reports indicate that 22 police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests.