The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that the force will not tolerate a repeat of the #EndSARS protest that was later hijacked by hoodlums.
Adamu, who said this on Friday after he met with all Commissioners of Police in the country, reminded the commissioners that the constitution does not accept violent protests.
He said, “Remember, even our constitution does not accept violent protests, so, those people that are planning to come up with another protest, if they’ve planned it to be a violent one, they should re-think, otherwise, we have prepared to face them.”
He accused the #EndSARS protesters of attacking the police when the protests turned violent across the nation, adding that the police offered protection to the protesters at the beginning.
“We will never allow this type of #EndSARS protests again. It was violent. Peaceful protest is allowed in our constitutions. When this process started peacefully, we provided security for them.
“We were moving with them to make sure they were not molested by any group of people and it was going on well until it turned violent.
“When it turned violent, they then attacked the people that were even giving them protection. So, we shall never allow any violent protest in this country again. When you talk of peaceful protests, yes, it is allowed but violent protests, never!
“We’re to protect this country from hoodlums. We’re to protect this country from violence, and we want every Nigerian to work with us, to prevent what had happened as aftermath of the end of SARS in terms of destruction of public properties, loss of lives, businesses of individuals were crippled, corporate institutions were destroyed,” he added.