CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police force’s public relations officer has stated that no Nigerian has the right to confront police officers or respond in like, even if the policeman slaps the person, who is considered a “civilian.”
The Force PRO encouraged any victim of police brutality to contact the department instead of speaking out on social media, via a series of tweets on Sunday, September 18.
He was responding to a viral video on his phone of a man dragging a weapon while arguing angrily with a police officer and what appeared to be suspected molestation.
Adejobi added that assaulting law enforcement officers in uniform would be viewed as “an act of disrespect to Nigeria.”
Even if a policeman on uniform slaps a civilian, the civilian has no right to retaliate. More so, if he’s on uniform, it’s an act of disrespect to Nigeria to beat an officer on uniform.
The disrespect is not to the policeman but to our nation and it’s a crime as enshrined in our criminal laws.
So, it’s not a case of what the policeman did that led to it, but the reaction of the civilians who actually assaulted the police.
If police assault a civilian, you report and actions will be taken to rebuke him, not to take the law into your hands.
Let alone, it’s a matter of checking of phones, which can be easily reported and addressed. Now they are kept in our 5-star hotel in Lagos and will be in court on Monday.
Are you going to visit them or send them food, or appear in court to defend them? Don’t support what is bad, ok
Even if a policeman on uniform slaps a civilian, the civilian has no right to retaliate more so if hes on uniform, its an act of disrespect to Nigeria, to beat an officer on uniform, the disrespect is not to the policeman but to our nation and its a crime as enshrined in https://t.co/csNA8rZLJU
— Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi (@Princemoye1) September 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Dr. Samuel Lamptey, Representative of the ECOWAS Commission in Cape Verde has revealed that religious intolerance poses a threat to West Africa’s region’s development and integration process.
Lamptey made this known at the ongoing delocalised meeting of ECOWAS Parliament’s joint Committee of Education, Science and Culture/ Committee on Health/Committee on Telecommunications and Information Technology in Praia, Cape Verde.
The meeting which is held from Sept. 13 to Sept. 18 is with the theme, “Religious tolerance and harmony: Essential factors for development, peace, and stability in the ECOWAS region”.
Lamptey said that economic development and integration of the sub-region could not be guaranteed in the absence of peace and security, in the ECOWAS Community of West African States.
He stressed the need to address the root cause of extremism and also prevent radicalisation, saying that this had become necessary if the region was to achieve its cooperation and integration agenda.