COVID-19: Nigeria Police vows to punish officers destroying properties in viral video

The Nigeria Police Force has responded to the unprofessionalism and highhandedness showed by some of its personnel in enforcing the Coronavirus restriction in Lagos State.

A viral video indicated some police officers destroying goods at a shop in Lagos, stirring public anger.

Well known Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman, who shared the video on Twitter tagging the police, cried out over the incident, calling on the Force’s authorities to caution their men.

Ruggedman stated, “@PoliceNG @frankmbablog @ElkanaBala @AcpIshaku WHY MUST WE ALWAYS DESTROY? Please tell your men to just lock any property that’s erring and move on.
Vandalism is not the order they were given by @followlasg @jidesanwoolu

#COVID19.”

In response the NPF said that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu had already ordered investigations into the incident and disciplinary action for the officers involved.

Tweeting at @policeNG, the Nigerian Police stated, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has condemned the apparent unprofessionalism and highhandedness exhibited by the Police officers as shown in this trending video.

“He has therefore directed the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Odumosu H. Olusegun to immediately investigate and commence disciplinary actions against the officers involved.

“The IGP notes that we are now in extra-ordinary times – a global state of emergency.

“Police officers involved in the enforcement of restriction orders and other law enforcement functions must therefore exercise their discretionary powers with utmost sense of professionalism, compassion and respect for the citizens.”