Nwanguma chides IGP against ‘defend yourselves’ inciteful statement
Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma, the Executive Director of Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), has chided the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu against the statement credited to him wherein he asked police officers to use their firearms to defend themselves when in danger.
In a brief statement he made available to ElombahNews, Mr. Nwanguma said the statement is inciteful as it could be misinterpreted by most of the largely unsophisticated junior ranks.
The RULAAC Executive Director positioned that those unsophisticated officers may embrace it as a licence to kill at the slightest excuse.
He said: “IGP’s statements on police using their firearms to defend themselves when in danger, while it ordinarily sounds understandable, could be inciteful and capable of being misinterpreted by most of the largely unsophisticated junior ranks who may embrace it as a licence to kill at the slightest excuse.
“How much training have these police officers received in the Use of Force? How many of them know about or have seen copies of the revised NPF’s Force Order 237?” he asked.
He, therefore, warned that such statements, no matter how well intended, is capable of inciting police misuse of firearms, hence ought to be made with restraints.
“We must be careful not to make statements -albeit well intended- but which is capable of inciting police misuse of firearms and provoke another wave of protests,” he admonished.
Watch video of the Inspector-General of Police authorising officers to use firearms to defend themselves below: