The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali has warned against attacks on police officers and facilities in the country, especially in the South East region, saying such would no longer be tolerated by the force.
The police chief, who expressed his displeasure with the damage of facilities and other police operating assets across the country, as well as the killing of officers, ordered the deployment of extra assets to aid in the fight against the criminals.
“As a result, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional operational assets to complement officers and men attached to Operation Restore Peace in the South East, and other launched operations, with the goal of flushing out criminal elements who hide behind the guise of aggrieved citizens to perpetrate criminal acts,” the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement released on Thursday.
“Under whatever pretense, attacks on police officers performing their duties will no longer be condoned,” the IGP said.
“It is critical to respect the lives and fundamental rights of police officers and other security personnel in order for them to effectively fulfill their holy responsibility of serving and protecting civilians,” he said.
In recent months, there have been numerous attacks against police formations across the country, particularly in the South East, prompting the IGP’s warning.
While attackers have killed a number of officers in the area, the escalating level of insecurity has also claimed the lives of citizens.
Other security personnel, including police officers, have been killed, and public facilities, like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been targeted.
Despite the fact that no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the separatists’ agitation in the South East is being led by this group – IPOB The Indigenous People of Biafra.
Several state governments in the region, notably, Anambra state being governed by Charles Soludo, have launched plans to quell the rising insecurity in the South East. Governor Charles Soludo, who recently assumed office, has equally offered amnesty to the gunmen.
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