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Police will punish offending officers, IGP assures #EndSARS protesters

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The Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , has assured # EndSARS protesters that the Nigeria Police Force would punish officers found guilty of any act of brutality against members of the public .
He also warned police officers all over the country to desist from harassing protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Force .
Adamu disclosed this on Thursday in a notice titled , ‘IGP Warns Police Officers Against Use Of Force On Peaceful Protesters’ .
The statement read, “ The IGP has warned police officers against the use of force on peaceful protesters.
“ He reiterates that citizens have fundamental rights of freedom of expression , assembly and movement and these must always be upheld and protected by the police .
“ He appeals to protesters to continually conduct themselves peacefully and guide their ranks against infiltrations by criminal elements.
“ The IGP stresses that the Force leadership has heard the voice of the 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 protesters have been demonstrating for over a week , demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings by men of the now – disbanded Special Anti -Robbery Squad .
However, the protests have intensified despite the disbanding of the Special Anti – Robbery Squad by the police and the announcement of the Special Weapons and Tactics to replace the defunct police unit.
The protests , which have been held in major cities across the country , have caused heavy traffic and affected economic activities .

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