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Police’ll no longer tolerate attacks on its officers – IGP Adamu warns

Joy Anyim 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has declared that attacks, and assaults on policemen in the country, will no longer be tolerated by the Force. 

This development follows an alleged assault,  meted on the Eruwa Division Crime Officer, Adeyemo Ogunyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), and two other officers, Inspector Ojola Abiola and Inspector Queen Eguaoje, while on enforcement duty at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo State 
It was gathered that a woman identified as Kehinde Afolake, had on May 1st and 2nd, attacked the officers, who did not retaliate. 
According to the IGP, the attack brings the number of officers assaulted during the enforcement of  Covid-19 lockdown to 27.

A video of the attack, which had gone viral, attracted the attention of the police authority who condemned the act. 

While the IGP had ordered the Oyo Commissioner of Police, to investigate the attack and ensure justice is served, he also warned that any personal who violates the rights of citizens, will be purnished accordingly. 

A statement on Sunday, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, reads: “ IGP Adamu, has commended the DCO II, Eruwa Police Division, ASP Adeyemo Ogunyemi, for his uncommon restraint and professionalism in the face of unprovoked attack as shown in a viral video where a woman identified as Kehinde Afolake was seen assaulting him unchallenged and without retaliation, while he was carrying out the CoVID-19 enforcement duties at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo State on 1st May, 2020. 
“ The officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm,  patience and decorum even as the woman roughhandled him and slapped him severally. The said woman also assaulted two female police officers, Inspr. Ojola Abiola and Inspr. Queen Eguaoje and gave one of them human bite on Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 during an attempt to invite her to the Police Station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO.

“ The Ewura incident thus is a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties. The IGP therefore warns that this trend will no longer be tolerated by the Force. The IGP notes that since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforcement duties, a total of 27 police personnel have suffered series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and different locations.
“  Many of these officers, he reiterates  are still in hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks. These include a female police officer, PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders. 

“ Apart from the attack on the person of police officers, some of these citizens have equally carried out attacks on police assets and facilities. For example, two police stations and police quarters were attacked and burnt down in Katsina and Abia States while 15 police vehicles/motorcycles were also damaged. 
“ Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo Command to carry out a discreet investigation into the Ewura attack on the police officer and ensure that justice is done. The IGP enjoins the citizens to continue to cooperate with the police and other security personnel and voluntarily comply with all COVID-19 prevention orders.
“  He reiterates that the Force shall continue to hold officers accountable and mete out commensurate punishments on any personnel who violates the rights of the citizens. He however warns against any unprovoked attack and assault on police officers while in the course of their duties as perpetrators will be made to face the full wrath of the law. ”