The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday encouraged police operatives across the country to return to duties with courage and rid the nation of criminals.
Adamu, who made the call when he visited the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan, also listed conditions for the use of firearms by men and officers of the force.
He urged the operatives not to allow the killing of their colleagues and the destruction of police facilities by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protests to demoralise them.
The IGP told police officers to show maximum restraint in using their firearms but said they must use them if their lives were in danger or during a riot.
He said: “Every Nigerian has their rights, they are called human rights, you too have your rights as human beings and you must protect your rights. Nobody will trample upon your rights and go free in as much as you too protect the rights of other Nigerians. You are not supposed to be demoralized.
“Constitutionally, you have the duties to perform in this country, duties to protect lives and property and to fight crime. Therefore, no amount of insult, attacks should prevent you from performing your constitutional duties. We encourage you to go out there and perform your duties the way you were trained to do and you must be civil to members of society.