As the #EndSARS protest intensifies around the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police unit, the Police Mobile Force (PMF), to protect lives and properties of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP in a statement gave the order following the destruction of different police stations in the country by thugs who are said to have hijacked the #EndSARS protest.
Adamu also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.
The statement said:
The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.
The IGP explained that 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on Police Stations in Benin City, Edo State, while five AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalized Police Stations have also been recovered.
He called on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from the Correctional facilities.