The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has met with the family of late Corporal Stanley Etaga who was killed during the #EndSARS protest in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.
Equity News learnt that Adamu was represented by some delegates from the Nigeria Police Force led by the commissioner of police in charge of operations at the force headquarters, Abutu Yaro.
According to Vanguard, Yaro, while conveying the condolences of Adamu Mohammed, hinted that the essence of the visit was to, among other things, ascertain the level of wanton destruction on police formations across the country; the number of dead and injured police officers, and come up with a report for the IGP to take to appropriate quarters for attention.
Speaking on behalf of the family of the late policeman, Edewor Egedegbe, uncle of the late officer, thanked the IGP for the gesture and lauded Adamu’s team for its painstaking efforts in going round the country to ascertain the level of destructions by hoodlums whom he said hijack the #EndSARS protests.
Egedegbe reminded the team not to see its assignment as one of those fact-finding missions of the past where nothing was done at the end of the day because, according to him, the circumstances and the times of its responsibility were different.
He said: “I on behalf of the late Stanley Etaga’s family is counting on your integrity CP and that of the IGP has vowed severally to reposition the police for a better modern-day police force with best practice. We are therefore asking that the wife and children of late Cpl Stanley Etaga be properly taken care of as their breadwinner died in active service.
“That Late Stanley Etaga be named the hero of Nigeria Police Reform 2020, as the first police to lose his life to the EndSARS protesters across the country.
“The police should also use this opportunity of reform to clean its house of bad elements giving it a bad image from time to time.
“We are also calling on the police leadership to carry out value reorientation training for her personnel often for a better modern-day policing with efficiency, intelligence, tact and zeal for optimum performance.”