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Police Personnel's Misconduct Caused #EndSARS Protests – PSC

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Chairman, Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, says misconduct of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force caused the #EndSARS protests.

Smith, a former Inspector-General of Police, who deplored the level of misconduct in the police force, said his office was always inundated with complaints from Nigerians.

He stated this at a retreat with the IGP and his police management team, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Smith’s statement, however, contradicted claims by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that the October protests were instigated by political and religious leaders.

Mohammed also said the demonstrations which were subsequently hijacked by hoodlums leading to widespread violence and looting, were aimed at overthrowing the Federal Government.

But the retired IGP, whose views in his first public comment on the incident negated those of the minister, said, “We are always having a lot of complaints from the members of the public against police officers. I believe that #EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel.

“I want to advise that we review the arrangements we are making for investigating such cases. Let’s ensure that investigations are thoroughly conducted and whoever is the police officer that has been indicted will be punished according to the law. If we are doing that, some of the public complaints will go down.”

Smith, who had been at loggerheads with the police leadership on the recruitment of police constables, also admonished IGP Mohammed Adamu to work closely with the commission on the recruitment of credible Nigerians into the force.

The PSC chairman added that the number of court cases against the police was alarming, stressing that the force may not be able to pay the damages awarded against it.

Earlier in his remarks, IGP Adamu noted that the retreat was to bridge the communication gap and engender a better understanding and working relationship between the force and the Police Service Commission.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubukar Malami, SAN, who also spoke at the retreat, stressed the need for a harmonious working relationship among all agencies of the government.

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