Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has told policemen to defend themselves in the face of physical danger, saying they are also human whose lives must be protected.

The IGP spoke on Friday during an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command , Abuja, where he also encouraged the operatives who had abandoned the streets for the past five days following the killing of over 20 policemen in the violence that rocked the country.

Adamu alleged that the # EndSARS protesters were out to demoralise the personnel, adding that the government and the Nigeria Police Force would soon roll out packages for the families of the deceased officers.

He said the country was relying on them to make sure that the public space was not taken over by the criminals, adding that no amount of provocation, no amount of insult would make them shy away from their responsibilities.

Adamu said in as much as the police were aware that the government was behind them, “we would encourage you to keep performing your duties. We would encourage you to be professional, to be civic, but if anybody touches you, if anybody comes to assault you, you can also protect yourself.”

In his words: “When we talk of human rights, the police are human; so, the rights of police officers would also be protected. So, we are sending the message that legally, we have the right to protect ourselves.”

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