30th August, 2022
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered that assault cases against police officers be prosecuted.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi announced the order Monday night.
“IGP Usman Baba has strongly condemned the recent trend of assaults on police officers and men in uniform, carrying out official and lawful duties in various locations across the nation.”
“The IGP emphasised that attacks on police officers, who are uniformed agents of the state, are both illegal and an affront to the rule of law.
“The IGP 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.
“Consequently, the IGP has directed all police commands and formations to ensure that individuals who engage in the 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.”
“While reiterating the commitment of the Force to ensuring the protection of lives and property, the IGP stressed the importance of the fundamental rights of police officers and other security operatives.”
He said this was in order to enable them to advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better and the maintenance of law and order.