The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the violent attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by #EndSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday.
He has also ordered a probe into the incident which resulted in the death of Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli.
One Sergeant Patrick Okuone also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.
The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said the protesters also carted away one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident.
The IGP, who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted, has warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise.
While noting that protest by citizens remained a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views, Adamu said it must be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
The IGP, while condoling the family and friends of Stanley equally commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint “in the face of the immoral and unjustified provocation.”
The statement titled, ‘#EndSARS protesters go berserk, murder one policeman, injure another in Delta State’, added, “The IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, to carry out a discrete investigation into the unfortunate incident, root out the perpetrators and bring the killer protesters to book.”