The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the attack on policemen by “ENDSARS” protesters at Ughelli in Delta State.
The IGP condemned the act in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, on Friday in Abuja.
Adamu said the incident which occurred on Thursday resulted in the unfortunate death of one policeman, Cpl. Etaga Stanley, who was attached to “A” Division, Ughelli.
He said the attack and brutal murder of the policeman by the protesters also left Sgt. Patrick Okuone with injury from a gunshot fired by the protesters.
According to him, the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The IGP described the incident as cruel and unwarranted and warned that the force would no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community.
He said that although protest by citizens remained legitimate means for airing concerns and views, it “must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.”
The IGP condoled with the family and friends of the late policeman who paid the supreme price in the service of the country.
He commended the police personnel in Delta for exercising restraint in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation.
He directed the state commissioner of police “to carry out an investigation into the unfortunate incident, root-out the perpetrators, and bring the killer protesters to book.’’