EndSARS: Force HQ Refutes Claim by DG Nigerian Army Resource Centre

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In his reaction to the continued and seeming refusal of Police personnel across the country to resume back to their duty posts and the consequent rise in crime and criminal activities, following the #EndSARS protests, a retired Army General and the Director-General, Nigerian Army resource centre, Major-General Garba Wahab(Rtd) said the Inspector-General of Police,Mohammed Adamu appears to have lost control of the Police Force.

The Force headquarters, however, replied to the retired General, noting that his assertion was not only wrong but that he spoke on issues outside his area of core competence.

General Wahab had during a Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, said the IGP Adamu was just sitting down in his office with all the paraphernalia of office while things were getting out of hand emphasizing that he is not in control.

The Police in its response, said during the ENDSARS protest and provocative attacks on Police personnel and assets, the officers under IGP Adamu’s command exercised maximum restraint and remained calm, professional and committed to maintaining law and order in the country.

The Police response is contained in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba titled, “Workings of The NPF: IGP is in Firm Control; Rtd Major General Garba Wahab’s Position Clearly Wrong; Spoke On Issues Outside His Area of Core Competence, Says IGP”.

It reads, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to comments and reactions during an interview session on Channels TV Sunrise Daily program of 13th November, 2020 where one Major General Garba Wahab (rtd) commented that ‘…rather than improving the improvement (sic) …the IGP is sitting down there with all the paraphernalia of office deprived of actually having control of police… he is not in control’. The Force wishes to categorically state that the Rtd Major General is wrong in his assertion as IGP Adamu is firmly in control of the administration and operation of the Nigeria Police Force. It notes that the comments by Rtd Major General Garba Wahab shows that he spoke purely out of ignorance and from a jackboot mentality that lacks proper understanding of democratic policing culture, rooted in the Rule of Law. It reiterates that the retired Officer clearly spoke on a subject outside his areas of core competence. It is noteworthy that since his assumption of office as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, a global policing icon, has in the past twenty-three months of his leadership of the Force, shown sterling qualities in what the operational/administrative command and control of the Force should be. This is exemplified in the various reform policies being implemented to reposition the Force for greater efficiency, uphold the rule of law in policing actions and drive a citizen-centred policing approach. It is to the credit of his robust leadership style that even in the face of the recent violence occasioned by the ENDSARS protest and provocative attacks on Police personnel and assets, the officers under his command exercised maximum restraint and stayed calm, professional and committed to maintaining law and order in the country. The Force, therefore, enjoins the general public and privileged opinion moulders not to allow sentiments to cloud their sense of judgment but to use opportunities of national platforms to offer constructive criticisms and advocate opinions that will help in improving governance generally and policing in particular in the country. Major General Garba Wahab (rtd) will do well to fact-check his assumptions before going public”.

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