By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has urged men of the Nigeria Police Force not to be demoralized by the attacks suffered during the EndSARS protest.
IGP Adamu who in continuation of his morale boosting visits to police commands across the country, visited Ogun State Command yesterday with a charge on the Police men to remain focus and not to be discouraged by the attacks on them the EndSARS protesters.
He also charged them not to be discouraged in view of the media campaign against them, saying only criminals criticize police.
While addressing officers of the Ogun State Police Command as part of his tours of states affected by the #ENDSARS protest on,Thursday,Adamu assured men of the Ogun Police Command of adequate protection if they follow the right procedure in enforcing law and order.
He said the police authorities would defend any personnel that is diligent and adhered to the professional ethics of the force.
Adamu noted that no nation could survive without policing even as he informed them that the Buhari administration has taken various steps to reform the Nigerian Police.
According to him, “The government has approved an extension of health scheme to retired police personnel. The police salary structure has been reviewed affecting all ranks.
“Your job is important. Without you coming out, there will be chaos and you are special.
“Plans have been concluded for the renovation of police barracks across the country.
“You will not be demoralised. You’re being given a task to protect and you must do your job with confidence and you will also be protected. Follow the right procedure and do the right thing. Nothing will happen.
“The law allows you to protect citizens and yourself,” he said.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun said the IGP’s visit would reawake the dampen morale of the police officers in the state.
Ajogun explained that, about seven divisional headquarters were vandalized in the state with the DCO of Atan -Ota division, DSP Ogbeche losing his life.
According to him, the police in the state have returned to their respective duty posts since it is their duty to protect lives and property.
He promised that the command would remain loyal and more professional in its desire to serve the people of the state, thanking the IGP for elevating the junior ranks to their next levels.