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#EndSARS: Social media escalated protest – IGP

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Muhammad Adamu, has blamed social media for the escalation of #EndSARS protests across the country.

The IGP disclosed this on Thursday during a courtesy visit to the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma to ascertain the level of damages done to both public and private facilities during the #EndSARS protest.

“I came specifically to visit vandalized properties and to see the level of damage done to police facilities in Imo”, he said.

He said the protest was not basically targeted at the Police or SARS, but for hoodlums to loot and cause civil unrest in the country.

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The IGP commended Police officers across the nation for their professional conduct during the protest.

“I can tell you that our men acted professionally during the protest, they had their guns, they were being killed, yet they respected human dignity.

Governor Uzodimma in his remarks said police officers paid a huge sacrifice for the nation during the protest.

He said the society needed to embrace the police strongly, while also assuring that the Imo government would support security agencies in the state.

The governor expressed worry that social media was being used to cause trouble in the country.

“I am strongly advocating that social media should be regulated in Nigeria.

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“Opposition party incited hoodlums to cause trouble in Imo because the real protesters went off the street after my address and assurances to them,” Mr Uzodimma said.

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