ENDSARS: Police professionalism, restraint responsible for mildness of crisis in Ekiti” – Fayemi

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that the
professionalism displayed by officers and men of the Nigeria Police,
Ekiti State command was responsible for relatively low level of
destruction during the recent ENDSARS’ protest in the State compared
to the mayhem experienced in other parts of the country.
Dr Fayemi stated this on Wednesday while addressing officers and men
of the State Police Command during a solidarity visit to their
Headquarters in Ado Ekiti to commiserate with some of them who were
victims of the ENDSARS protest.
The Governor who reiterated his commitment to police reforms and
welfare, said he was working with the Inspector General of Police
(IGP) Muhammed Adamu, on how to develop a frame work of engagement
with police officers across the 36 States on matters bothering on
Police efficiency, accountability and responsiveness.
He urged officers who were injured , molested or lost personal
properties before or during the ENDSARS protest to file their
petitions before the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for justice and
compensation, adding that the panel is not out to witch hunt anybody.
The Governor who was accompanied by the Attorney General and
Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda and Special Adviser on
Security Matters, Brig-General Ebenezer Ogundana (rtd), commiserated
with the Ekiti State Commissioner for Police, Tunde Mobayo over
attacks on police personnel and destruction of some stations and
operational vehicles.
Dr Fayemi commended the officers for exercising restraint despite the
violence visited on police formations by hoodlums who hijacked the
protest.
The Governor who had earlier in the month carried out an assessment
tour of Police facilities destroyed in the State, assured the officers
and men of government’s commitment to efforts at putting the razed
police stations back to use within the shortest possible time.
He said: “We have had a very unfortunate experience across the length
and breadth of the Country, some will even argue that our experience
here is mild in comparison to what transpired in other parts of the
country. But I think the mildness of the situation in Ekiti could be
traced to the manner, the responsibility, tact and restraint that you
applied as police officers and men in dealing with the ENDSARS
protesters in the State.
“Any officer of the Police Force that the panel clearly confirmed to
have been a victim of attack would also be a beneficiary of the
compensation that we have put in place because you cannot be
protecting us and be at the risk of your own life in the course of
protecting others.
“I have been in discussion with the Commissioner of Police, the
Inspector General of Police has also informed me that he is sending a
team to go round those places that were affected and to come up with a
report, we would await his own report and synergize our actions in
order to ensure we put those police stations back to use within
shortest possible time.
“Police reform, civil engagement, military relations, security sector
governance those are issues that are personal not just political
interest and what we can do to make sure that our Police authorities
are more efficient at what they do and more responsive to the
yearnings of the populace is where you will find me.
“As Chairman of all Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), I have been
working with the IG in order to come up with a framework of engagement
in all the States with Police Officers and Men.
The Governor also disclosed that he had directed a state -wide Police
patrol to forestall and deter criminal elements from perpetrating evil
during ember months, promised that more vehicles would be provided for
the Command to enhance their responses to public safety.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Tunde Mobayo had
commended the State Governor for his quick intervention during the
ENDSARS protest.
He commended him for making immediate visitation to police facilities
that were vandalized and razed down in Ikere with a view to assessing
the level of damages done to the facilities.
Mobayo revealed that though no personnel was killed during the
protest, two police stations were razed and one Area Command all at
Ikere were vandalized.
The State Commissioner of Police said four police patrol vehicles and
four exhibit vehicles were totally razed at the police stations in
Ikere Ekiti. He added that a total of five police vehicles across the
State were vandalized.

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