04 Nov Police IG Adamu visits Lagos, laments destruction by hoodlums
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu visited Lagos on Tuesday and lamented the extent of damage caused by hoodlums and boosted the morale of policemen.
While commiserating with Governor Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and the destruction of public and private properties he urged policemen not to be discouraged as a result of attacks on them and police stations across the state
He said “Lagos seems to be the epicentre where the incidents took place. The level of destruction is more in Lagos than any other state. I am here to commiserate with the governor of Lagos State and the people of the state on the amount of destruction to public property and private businesses.
“My visit is also to see the police stations that were destroyed and talk to officers and men of the Nigerian Police and encourage them not to be demoralised by events that took place where they were attacked and police stations destroyed,” he said.
“They are specially trained to take this kind of risks because, by the nature of police job, they are exposed to this type of risk. Now that this has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties.
“Their morale has been dampened so the visit is to encourage them not to to be discouraged but come out to protect lives and property,” he added.
The police chief, while noting that besides the police stations, private businesses were destroyed, including the palace of Oba of Lagos, urged the citizens obey protocol any time they wanted to undertake a peaceful protest, saying this was important in order not to allow miscreants hijack the exercise.
According to him, the moment miscreants are allowed to hijack the protest, its intent will be defeated as in the case of the last peaceful protest witnessed in the state, declaring: “No nation will be able to bear the loss as we see in Lagos, even it will take a long time.”
“Apart from the police stations destroyed, private businesses were destroyed even the palace of Oba of Lagos was destroyed. I would urge the citizens any time you want to undertake a peaceful protest, it’s important to set up a protocol in order not to allow miscreants to hijack the protest. The moment you allowed that the intent of the protest will be defeated as in the case of this peaceful protest we witnessed.”