One of the aftermath of the peaceful #EndSARS protest in Enugu after it was hijacked by hoodlums is the low morale of the Nigerian Police Officers.
As a result of this, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, visited the Senior Police Officers Mess in Agbani Road, Enugu.
During his visit, the governor passionately appealed to men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to fully renew their ultimate commitment towards the provision of security of lives and property by returning to their duty posts across the state.
Mr. Ugwuanyi commiserated with the members of the Enugu State Police Command, over loss of lives of private citizens and security personnel, grievous bodily injuries as well as the destruction of private and public properties including security infrastructure.
The governor decried the hijacking of a peaceful #EndSARS protests by miscreants and hoodlums who goes further to unleash mayhem on everyone. He described the situation as “an unusual and challenging period for the Police Force” pointed out that it was needless and “an ill-wind that blew no one any good”.
Governor Ugwuanyi stated that his administration has set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to determine the loss of lives and other damages and has also taken time to inspect the various degrees and nature of damage arising from the hijacked protests.
He, therefore, said that his administration is awaiting the recommendations of the panel and also assured the security personnel and private citizens who were victims of the mayhem of its commitment to implement whatever the panel recommends with a view to soothing their pains.
According to PremiumTimes, the governor noted that the psyche of the officers and men of the police force have been assaulted by the recent sad experience. He expressed concern that “the self-evident low morale of the police force occasioned by the fallout of the #EndSARS protests has, in our judgment, increased the likelihood of crime in the state.
“I therefore passionately implore you to fully renew your commitment to the provision of security of lives and property in the state, as was the case before the protests. The good people of Enugu State had, before now, enjoyed your excellent policing service and wish that you come fully on stream and return to all the security posts in the state”, he said.
While thanking the people of Enugu State for their prayers, support, and solidarity “in this challenging period”, Governor Ugwuanyi equally urged them to renew their cooperation and partnership with the personnel of the security agencies to sustain the tempo of peace and good governance in the state.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, expressed the deepest appreciation of the command to Governor Ugwuanyi for his humility, sense of responsibility, concern, care and love.
Mr Abdurrahman also commended the governor for finding it necessary and expedient, in spite of his tight schedule, to come and commiserate with the men and officers of the command, over the unfortunate fallout of the #EndSARS protests.
The police commissioner maintained that the visit signified that “we are under a very comfortable hand and care”.
He, therefore, urged the police officers to pray for the governor as well as extend “our love, dedication, and patriotism to him to enable him comfortably discharge his responsibilities that God has placed on his shoulders”.
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