A nine-member assessment committee has been inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to assess the extent of losses suffered by the police during the EndSARS protest in the country.
The Committee is headed by Commissoner of Police, Abutu Yaro.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee, according to the IGP, include “that the delegation should physically visit the scenes of incident and capture the pictorials of all damages done to police infrastructure and personnel; verify the fatalities suffered by the police; establish the weapons holdings that were lost during the incidents, amongst others.”
The IGP particularly emphasized that the delegates should visit families of deceased police officers and the injured on behalf of the Force.
The IGP charged the Committee to properly document the losses suffered by the Force for the purposes of strategic planning, re-construction and re-equipment as well as for future reference.
He observed that the Force encountered huge losses in terms of human and material resources during the ENDSARS protests which commenced on a rather peaceful note but unfortunately degenerated into violence, loss of lives and wanton destruction of property.
The IGP, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Government at all levels for their support and commitment to the holistic reforms of the Force, reassured the families of the deceased police officers and the injured their losses and sacrifices would continually be remembered by the Force and the nation.
The IGP further commended the professional conduct and restraints by Police personnel during the period, even in the face of imminent threats to their lives.