The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu and other senior police officers yesterday have inspected the level of damages done to some of the police stations attacked by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest recently in Lagos State.
Adamu, while addressing police officers and newsmen at the Lagos State Command Headquarters, Ikeja during a courtesy visit to burnt police stations and injured police officers in Lagos, lamented the level of the destruction.
He noted that Lagos was the epicenter of the #EndSARS Protest that was later hijacked by hoodlums which led to a large-scale destruction of assets belonging to the state. He added that, the police, individuals and the Federal Government suffered great loss. The losses according to him included six police officers, about 13 police stations that got destroyed in Lagos and 48 in the country as a whole.
Adamu whose first port of call was the Makinde police station, stated that 1,539 suspects have been arrested across the country in respect of the #EndSARS protest while efforts are ongoing to trace and arrest the remaining suspects that carried out the dastardly act.
He commended police officers for their professionalism, saying they turned the table around against the protesters by not using maximum force to repel the hoodlums.
“The attack by hoodlums in this manner has the tendency to provoke the police. 14 states in the country were badly affected as a result of the violent protest with Lagos State witnessing the worst attacks and when we are provoked we have the capacity and strength to repel these hoodlums.
“When the youths started campaigning against SARS, they came up with five demands which the authorities acceded to because they were demands that could lead to reforming not only SARS but the police formation as a whole. I am happy that nobody in the country supported the violence and not everybody agrees that police are bad because every organisation and institution in any country has few bad eggs just like we have in the police,” he stated.
Adamu said that the Federal Government has decided to specially treat policemen through reform initiatives that will enable them to continue to do their constitutional responsibilities across the country.
IGP Adamu also paid the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu a visit and a closed door meeting was held for about 30 minutes after which he briefed the State House Press on his mission in Lagos.
“I am in the state for an assessment of the police assets vandalised after the protest and to commiserate with residents,” he explained.
Other places visited include the Ebute Ero police division, the vandalised palace of the Oba of Lagos, Orile police division and the Police Medical Hospital Falomo, Ikoyi where he checked on officers that are receiving treatment due to attacks by the hoodlums.