The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu , has given policemen a marching order to use their firearms in the face of threat to their lives.
Adamu gave the orders while addressing police officers during one of his recent tour of police formations in the states to assess the level of destruction suffered during the unrest that broke out across the country after hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests.
Scores of police officers lost their lives and many stations were destroyed in the wake of the unrest.
Adamu, speaking to the officers during a visit, said
“All that happened in terms of attacks on the police and police stations, should not stop us from coming out to perform our constitutional duties. But while we are performing this constitutional duties, we must also protect ourselves because every policeman is a human being and is also entitled to human rights protection.
“Don’t forget your force order 237. You read and digest it very well. You know when you should use your firearms. You use your firearms in a lawful manner.
“One of the ways you use your firearms is when your life is in danger and there is no other way through, then you use your firearms. Does it make sense for a policeman to die when he is carrying a rifle?”