The Inspector-General of police Mohammed Adamu has advised Nigerians to learn how to protest in a structured manner.
Adamu gave the protest “lecture” during his visit to Lagos on Tuesday.
Adamu consoled Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and people of Lagos over the arson that ensued after suspected thugs began attacking peaceful protesters.
“Lagos was the epicentre where the EndSARS protest took place and the number of destruction in the subsequent violence was more in Lagos than any other part,” he said.
“The destruction they suffered was uncalled for.
“The second leg of my visit is to see the police stations destroyed and boost the morale of our men in Lagos.
“We don’t want them to be demoralised by the event in which they suffered personal attacks. Policemen are trained to take such pain.
“Now that the event has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties,” said.
He then turned his attention to protesters.
“It is very important to set up protocols that will prevent hoodlums to hijack peaceful protest organised with good intentions,” Adamu said.
“The moment the protest organisers don’t have leadership, the purpose and intent of the effort would be defeated.
“As we have seen in the case of EndSARS protest, no economy will be able to bear the loss that we have seen in Lagos,” he said.