The Nigeria Police Force has replied Amnesty International (AI) who alleged that the security agency shot citizens protesting against law enforcement brutality.
It should be recalled that the international human rights agency accused the police and the military of violating rights of Nigerians demanding reforms in the police.
But in a statement issued on Friday and signed by Frank Mba, police spokesperson, the force claimed 22 of its personnel were extra-judicially killed by the protesters, noting that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to the officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests “while serving their fatherland”.
Lamenting the alleged discrimination of the international human rights agency, the force wondered if the officers were not also human beings “entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person”.
”The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country,” the statement reads.
”The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has affirmed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.
“The IGP made this observation following report by Amnesty International dated 21st October, 2020 that Police personnel shot at peaceful protesters.
“He described the Amnesty Int’l report as untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidences.
”The IGP noted that during the protests, officers of the Force used legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters.
“He reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.
”Available Reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests.
“Many of the injured personnel are in life threatening conditions at the hospitals. Two hundred and five (205) Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters.
“Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report.
“It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland.
“The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report.
“One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.”
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