Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), has warned against repeated assault on police officers across the country.
This is as a result of recent videos showing police officers on duty having squabbles with citizens have surfaced on the internet.
In a statement on Monday issued by Muyiwa Adejobi, force spokesperson, Baba warned that the police force would no longer tolerate attacks on officers in the line of duty.
The inspector-general of police said the trend is illegal and an affront on the rule of law.
“The IGP emphasized that attacks on police officers, who are uniformed agents of the state, is both illegal and an affront on the rule of law,” he said.
“The IGP warned that attacks on police officers and men in the line of duty would no longer be tolerated under whatever guise, as the force holds the lives of its personnel sacrosanct.
“Consequently, the IGP has directed all police commands and formations to ensure that individuals who engage in assault on police officers, irrespective of preceding factors, are made to face the full wrath of the law via swift prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction.
“The inspector-general of police while reiterating the commitment of the force to ensuring protection of lives and property, stressed the importance of according respect to the fundamental rights of police officers and other security operatives, in order to enable them advance their sacred mandate of serving and protecting the citizens better and maintenance of law and order.”