Mohammed Adamu the Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria, has ordered the immediate deployment the riot police nationwide.
The IGP disclosed that the riot police mandate is the protection of lives and property of Nigerians as ongoing violence continue to be recorded in major cities where the #ENDSARS protest is taking hold.
The IGO said the deployment of the riot police, a police special unit is to secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
Adamu made this know in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘Attacks On Police Facilities, Others – IGP Orders Deployment Of Anti-Riot Police Officers’.
The statement reads:“The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security around Correctional facilities nationwide.
“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.
“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 Inspector-General of Police calls 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 Correctional facilities.
He advised parents and guardians “to prevail on their children and wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality as the Force will henceforth exercise the full powers of the law to prevent any further attempt on lives and property of citizens.”
The #EndSARS protests rocking the country have continued for almost two weeks with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, Mr Sanwo-Olu had earlier in the day imposed a 24 hour curfew across the state owing to the ongoing violence as hoodlums have attacked government facilities.