Not less than 22 Police personnel were killed with many others sustaining life threathening injuries even as 205 stations and formations were burnt by hoodlums who hijacked the recently concluded ENDSARS protests organised by the Nigerian youths. the Force Headquarters in Abuja has disclosed.
The statistics were contained in a Statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on behalf of the Nigerian Police , who also said that other critical private and public infrastructure were damaged by hoodlums who took advantage of the protests.
He said despite the unprovoked attacks, Police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protest.
The statement denied a report by Amnesty International which said that protesters were shot at, insisting that police officers acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints while some paid the supreme price during the protests.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M. A. Adamu, NPM, mni has affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country,” the statement declared.
The IGP said 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.
It said the the IGP made this observation following report by Amnesty International dated 21st October, 2020 that Police personnel shot at peaceful protesters describing the report as untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidences.
The Police disclosed 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.
According to the statement,“Available reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life threatening conditions at the hospitals.
“Two hundred and five (205) Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters’’.
It said despite the unprovoked attacks, the police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report adding that the Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report.