Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu warned police officers Thursday not to use force against peaceful protesters as nationwide protests continued despite the disbanding of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“The IGP has warned Police Officers and their commanders against the use of force on peaceful protestors,” the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) tweeted.
“He reiterates that citizens have fundamental rights of freedoms of expression, assembly and movement and these must always be upheld and protected by the police,” it said.
It added that Adamu “appealed to protestors to continually conduct themselves peacefully and guide their ranks against infiltration by criminal elements.”
On Wednesday, a local activist said that thugs had attacked protestors in the capital Abuja.
“We should never assign tribe or religion to thugs. What we should assign to them is thuggery,” Aisha Yesufu said on Twitter.
“The IGP stresses that the Force leadership has heard the voice of people clearly and is irrevocably committed to doing everything possible to address the observed ills, punish the offending officers and enthrone a people-friendly police force,” the NPF said.