The Chairman, Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, on Tuesday attributed the #EndSARS protests to the misconduct of officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
Smith, who also decried the level of misconduct in the police force noting that his office was always inundated with complaints from Nigerians, made the disclosure at a retreat with the IG and his police management team, in Abuja.
“We are always having a lot of complaints from the members of the public against police officers. I believe that #EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel, Smith said.
“I want to advise that we review the arrangements we are making for investigating such cases. Let’s ensure that investigations are thoroughly conducted and whoever is the police officer that has been indicted will be punished according to the law. If we are doing that, some of the public complaints will go down.”
The former IGP also urged IG Mohammed Adamu to work closely with the commission on the recruitment of credible Nigerians into the force.
According to him, the number of court cases against the police was alarming, stressing that the force may not be able to pay the damages awarded against it.
The IGP, Mohammed Adamu in his remark, said the retreat was to bridge the communication gap and engender a better understanding and working relationship between the force and the police service commission.