The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) commended the actions taken by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubukar Adamu, after reports on the activities of some overzealous police officers who went about killing citizens and destroying their property during monitoring of the compliance of Nigerians with the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown ordered by the Nigerian Authorities.
CLO noted that “from reliable authorities that IGP Adamu ordered the arrest and trial of the lawless officers who killed a young man in Ohafia, Ohafia local government area of Abia state and others who destroyed the property of a certain business man in Lagos State among others.”
According to CLO in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike, said from its findings, “the police officers now turned suspects have been apprehended, detained and undergoing Order Room Trials.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ohafia Police Division is also undergoing serious interrogation on the killing of the young man in Ohafia that led to the burning down of the Police station built with tax payers money by angry citizens.
“CLO Commends the civilised and good work of the IGP that promotes respect for human rights and urges him to maintain steady eyes on his men and officers some of who still operate under military hangover and have penchant for violating human rights, due process and the rule of law.
“Bringing them to accountability in the event of these wanton abuses and destruction will tame the tide of indulgence in these crimes by officers on duties.
“We have also observed that some officers drink excessively and smoke marijuana etc even while on duties and thereafter lose their common, normal senses in dealing with the civilian population.
“CLO is happy with this development and is prepared to work with the IGP to address these acts of impunity and help in returning Nigeria to a comity of civilised world”, the statement read.