The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, yesterday described attacks on police officers as illegal and an affront on the rule of law.
Baba, in a statement by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, described as worrisome’, the recent trend of assault on police officers and men in uniform carrying out official and lawful duties in various locations across Nigeria.
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He warned that attacks on police officers and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise “as the Force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct.”
The IGP directed all police commands and formations to “ensure that individuals who engage in assault on police officers, irrespective of preceding factors are made to face the full wrath of the law via swift prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction.’’
He, however, warned officers against trampling on citizens’ rights while carrying out their duties, saying Nigerians should also respect the rights of police officers and other security operatives.
He said this would help the officers to advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better and maintenance of law and order.