The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi has clarified his earlier statement on the law of assault as enshrined on Section 356 (2) of the Criminal Code Act of Southern Nigeria.
The clarification became necessary following a misrepresentation arising from his comments on a video where some individuals were seen grievously assaulting a police officer and attempting to disarm the officer by dragging his loaded AK47 rifle.
Some media platforms had deliberately misquoted the statement as endorsing violence by uniformed officers against members of the public by the Police authority.
However, in a statement he made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, the Force spokesman stated that it has become pertinent to emphasize that the Nigeria Police Force had been a vanguard of sustainable democracy in the country via the aggressive protection of the fundamental rights of the citizens and other members of the Nigerian society.
This, he said, had been evidential in the continuous sanctions meted out by the Police authority on officers engaged in violation of individual rights, as well as extant laws when reported through any of the available police complaint channels.
He explained that where a public officer acts contrary to the provisions of extant laws, there are channels to report such conduct and get prompt justice, particularly in the Nigeria Police Force.
Muyiwa stressed that in the extant case, the individuals resorted to self-help and assaulted the officers, attempted to snatch the officers’ firearm and in so doing breached the law.
“It is trite that two wrongs cannot make a right, as such whatever the provocation, the action of the individuals were wrong in all ramifications as they would have reported the matter for prompt action.
“Emphasis on this has clearly been misrepresented across media platforms as a single tweet in a thread was mischievously read out of context with a mischievous caption “No Nigerian Has the Right to Retaliate when Police Slaps You…”
“The Force urges well-meaning members of the public all of whom are strategic stakeholders in policing across the country to disregard the malicious publications as the current police administration is committed to ensuring that the rights of all citizens, uniformed or not, is protected across board.
“Furthermore, the Force urges the Nigerian populace not to take laws into their hands whenever they have unpleasant encounters with police officers. Complaints arising from such encounters can be reported via the Police Public Relations Officers (PPROs) of the various Commands, the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) and via official Police accounts across social media platforms.
“Similarly, the idea of pouncing on and beating up Law Enforcement Agents carrying out their public duty by members of the public whom they serve, is criminal and disrespectful to our beloved nation, Nigeria and must not be allowed to exacerbate,” he clarified.
Photo: IGP Alkali Baba Usman, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police.
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