President Muhammadu Buhari this evening summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Bello, to the Presidential Villa, Abuja as street protests against police brutality and excesses against rage on in Abuja and some other parts of the country.
During the meeting, the President ordered the police chief to check the excesses of his men, even as he pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the process of checking the the excesses of errant policemen.
Writing on his Twitter handle, Buhari said: “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience & calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.
“The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.”