The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the unprovoked and violent attack on Policemen and damage to Police operational vehicles and other assets by ENDSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday, 8th October, 2020.
Youths in Ughelli came out in their number to stage a protest demanding the disbandment of SARS.
A statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, says the protesters attacked and brutally murdered one Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli, Delta State and inflicted gunshot wounds on another officer, Sergeant Patrick Okuone.
”The protesters also carted away one (1) 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.” Mba’s statement read
According to the statement, the IGP who described the incident as cruel and unwarranted 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. The IGP notes that protests by citizens remain a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views. It must however be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
The IGP, while condoling the family and friends of the late Corporal Etaga Stanley who paid the supreme price in the service of our dear nation, equally commended the officers of the Delta State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the unjustified provocation
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.
Unconfirmed reports however claim that the protest turned violent after a police officer opened fire on the posterers. One of the gunshots landed on a little boy who was around the area.