The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has attributed the violence that followed the #EndSARS protest to fake news.
According to him, the social media was awash with fake news which caused the violence.
Adamu stated this in Lagos on Tuesday, November 3, a day after he attended the Northern Governors Forum meeting which came out with a communique for social media to be censored in Nigeria.
He also disclosed that a total of 1,590 suspected hoodlums, who went on rampage to loot and destroy private and public properties during the protest, had been arrested in different parts of Nigeria.
He commended men and officers of the state police command for exhibiting calmness and professionalism in the face of provocation during the violence that marred the protest.
He said: “The protest was engineered by fake news. Everyone knows that if a protest stays too long, it will be hijacked and that is what eventually happened.
“We know that not everyone in the country is condemning the police because we have received calls from various people commending us, telling us they see and appreciate what we are doing.
“Not everyone in the country will agree that police is bad, we have a few bad eggs but the majority are good. The police are special Nigerians in charge of the protection of the citizens and we must be treated specially.”
Recall that the Lagos police command had on Friday, October 23 disclosed that 17 police stations were burnt in the state.
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