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Police AIG Warns On EndSARS Resurgence

 

Police AIG Speaks On EndSARS Resurgence
AIG Adeleke Adeyinka

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun States), Adeleke Adeyinka has protested against the unprofessional discharge of duty by personnel that could bring about the resurgence of the unforgettable #EndSARS episode.

Naija News understands that the police boss gave the advisory while addressing officers at the Ogun State Command during his visit to Abeokuta on Thursday.

Recall that Nigeria recorded a massive protest in October 2020 when citizens took over major cities to protest against excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a now-disbanded police tactical unit notorious for cruelty against crime suspects.

Naija News recalls that the protest morphed from social media campaigns into street demonstrations that attracted the attention of the international communities.

Speaking in Abeokuta earlier on Thursday, AIG Adeyinka urged operatives to be more professional and civil while dealing with members of the public to avoid a repeat of the EndSARS protest in Nigeria.

According to him, another #EndSARS protest may lead to the end of the Nigeria police.

“Another EndSARS may lead to the end of the police,” The PUNCH quoted the officer as saying.

“The criminals that perpetrated that act that time are going to come out more experienced. The mistakes they made then, they are not going to make them now and that is why your conduct towards the members of the public must be effective,” the AIG added.

Adeyinka also lamented the high rate of cultism among police officers and warned them against misconduct and other acts that may trigger civil unrest.

He charged the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to fish out officers involved in cultism and cybercrime, who according to him, are giving the police a bad name.

Adeyinka said: “If you (police officer) are a cultist I don’t think you should show it to people because it is wrong and do you know why it is wrong even if you are not wicked, if you belong to a cult group there is no way you are not going to favour a member of your cult, unless you are not a good cult member.

“A situation where a police officer is a member of a cult group and people in the society know that he is a cultist, his activities are related to cultism, I think it is sad.

“There are some of our policemen too now that are into cybercrime, popularly know as yahoo-yahoo, especially policemen who find themselves in places where we have institutions of higher learning, it is very common. You (commissioner) need to fish them out and you need to preach to them.”