IGP talks tough against attacks on officers, police stations
• Rejigs Operation Restore Peace, deploys additional operational assets
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has condemned, in strong terms, the recent spate of attacks on police officers, facilities, and other police operational assets around the nation, particularly, in the South East where there have been attacks on police stations, ruthless murder of police officers in their line of duty to protect the citizenry, as well as the destruction of critical national infrastructures.
Consequently, Baba has ordered the immediate deployment of additional operational assets to complement officers and men attached to Operation Restore Peace in the South East, and other launched operations, with the aim of flushing out criminal elements who hide under the guise of aggrieved citizens to perpetrate criminal acts.
In a statement made available by police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, the IGP warned that attacks on police officers in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct, and such unwarranted attacks would be strictly treated in accordance with extant laws.
He equally reiterated the commitment of the NPF to the protection of life and property while stressing that it is vital to respect the lives and fundamental rights of police officers and other security operatives, in order to enable them advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better.