COVID-19 enforcement duty: IGP condemns attack on police in Oyo
By Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammad A. Adamu has commended the DCO II, Eruwa Police Division, ASP Adeyemo Ogunyemi, for his uncommon restraint and professionalism in the face of unprovoked attack as shown in a viral video where a woman identified as Kehinde Afolake was seen assaulting him unchallenged and without retaliation, while he was carrying out the COVID-19 enforcement duties at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo State on May 1, 2020.
The officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm, patience and decorum even as the woman rough handled him and slapped him severally.
The said woman also assaulted two female police officers, Inspr. Ojola Abiola and Inspr. Queen Eguaoje and gave one of them human bite on Saturday, May 2, 2020 during an attempt to invite her to the police station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO.
The Ewura incident was a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the cause of performing their legitimate duties.
The IGP therefore warned that this trend would no longer be tolerated by the Force.
He noted that since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforcement duties, a total of 27 police personnel have suffered series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and different locations.
Many of these officers, he reiterated, were still in hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks.
These include a female police officer, PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders.
Apart from the attack on the person of police officers, some of these citizens have equally carried out attacks on police assets and facilities.
For example, two police stations and police quarters were attacked and burnt down in Katsina and Abia States while 15 police vehicles/motorcycles were also damaged.
Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo Command to carry out a discreet investigation into the Ewura attack on the police officers and ensure that justice is done.
He enjoined the citizens to continue to cooperate with the police and other security personnel and voluntarily comply with all COVID-19 prevention orders.
He reiterated that the Force shall continue to hold officers accountable and mete out commensurate punishments on any personnel who violate the rights of the citizens.
He however warned against any unprovoked attack and assault on police officers while in the cause of their duties as perpetrators would be made to face the full wrath of the law, according to DCP Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Force Headquarters, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.