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.
Adamu, who spoke on Friday during an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, said the unity of this country lies in the support that is given to police officers and not act capable of demoralising them because the tendency was for criminals to take over the public space.
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.
“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.” Adams said.
He stated that the police were also human and had rights to be protected, stressing that the police were sending the message that they had to legally protect their rights.
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.”