Police will not allow violent protests in Nigeria again – IGP

some masterminds of the violence that followed the #EndSARS protests and detained prisoners who fled from the Edo custodial centers.
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Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu

Police Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu said the Nigerian Police Force would no longer permit violent protests in any part of the country on Friday.

The IGP, which claimed this during a meeting in Abuja with police commissioners from the 36 commandos, cautioned that the force was prepared to battle any faction attempting to break down the country's law and order.

He added that some masterminds of the violence that followed the #EndSARS protests and detained prisoners who fled from the Edo custodial centers.

Well-meaning Nigerians were encouraged by the IGP to prevail over groups organizing another round of protests to discard the proposal.

Adamu said:
“We will never allow this type of #EndSARS protests again, it was violent. Peaceful protest is allowed in our constitution. When these rallies started peacefully, we provided security for them.

“We were moving with them to make sure they were not molested by any group of people and it was going on well until it turned violent.

“When it turned violent, they then attacked the people that were even giving them protection. So, we shall never allow any violent protest in this country again. When you talk of peaceful protests, yes, it is allowed but violent protests, never.

The police chief said his men are working hard to apprehend other prisoners at large, including neighborhood extremist cultists.

He added:
“We have made a lot of arrests of those people that escaped from prisons. Some were even arrested in Kano and Kaduna. When they escaped, some of them went back to their business of robbery.

“And the cultists, when they escaped, they went back to the business of cultism, especially in Edo. We have been able to arrest a significant number of them and we are still after those that are outside. We call on Nigerians, any information you have about an escapee from any of the correctional centres, please inform us or any other security agencies, so that we can get them back to prison.”