The presidency has shown its support for the method used by the Nigerian Police to handle the protest by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites who stage a bloody protest in Abuja on Monday.
A collision had occurred between the Islamic group and the Police which unfortunately led to the death of a Deputy commissioner of Police and a Corps member.
During an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, praises the Police for how the situation was handled.
He said, “I tell you despite what happened yesterday, if the police had responded with greater force, you know we would not be talking about what we are talking now.
“A deputy commissioner of police was killed. Yes, very sad, that is one life just like any other life. He did not deserve to die in service to the country, but if the police had responded in similar fashion, you would have been talking of rivers of blood in Abuja now.
“I still believe there was some restraint yesterday despite what happened and personally I still commend the police for showing that restraint.”
When asked why El Zakzaky was still in custody he replied that the government had their reasons and they had the right to appeal the bail.
He said, “I know that the immediate past AGF in whose purview it was to make pronouncements on that, address the issue. If bail is granted and another case subsists and there is an immediate filing of appeal, you have to wait till it is dispensed with. So, that is a legal matter which is outside my purview but as a layman, an unlearned man as lawyers would call us, we know that until all cases are dispensed with, you don’t say that it has been concluded.”