The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, stating that personnel of the Nigeria Police Force exhibited professionalism during the #EndSARS protests.
NYCN President, Comrade Solomon Adodo at a press briefing on Thursday, November 5 in Abuja explained that, while the several incidences that gave rise to the agitations to end the now-dissolved Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad were genuine, the ensuing violence was regrettable. Twenty-two (22) police officers were said to have lost their lives nationwide, while 205 police stations and formations were torched after hoodlums hijacked the street demonstrations.
According to the NYCN president, the situation would have resulted in greater damage had the police leadership failed to act tactfully in the interest of the nation.
His words: “The leadership of the police took responsibility during the fracas in the most professional manner. The personnel were professional and exercised maximum restraints in the face of imminent danger. We find this conduct highly commendable.” The umbrella body of the Nigerian youth further commended the steps taken by the IGP in setting up an assessment committee to ascertain the loss suffered by the Nigeria Police Force across the country.
The group also commended IGP Adamu for the strategic planning on re-construction, as well as visits to families of slain personnel on behalf of the force. In another development, the NYCN has faulted the blockage of Nigeria House in London by scholars of the Niger Delta Development Commission over unpaid fees.
Adodo bemoaned the fact that the scholars went ahead with the protest despite swift actions taken by the presidency and the minister of Niger Delta Affairs in ensuring that the outstanding fees were cleared.