A police officer (name withheld) has informed Nigerians that it would be difficult for Force personnel to provide adequate security for now.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in a chat with PRNigeria, advised citizens to protect themselves from hoodlums ahead of yuletide.
He spoke at the weekend after a joint meeting of law enforcement agencies in Southern States worst hit by the violence that followed the End SARS protests.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigerian military, security, intelligence and response agencies.
It analysed how the assaults on security manpower dampened the morale of many of servicemen and women.
The DPO said: “In these ember months, up to Christmas and New Year, I doubt if any of the services can guarantee maximum security. There is no way we can discharge our statutory responsibilities when we have become soft targets.”
The DPO declared that it would be over his dead body to allow any of his subordinates to be drafted to risky situations anytime soon.
“Our destroyed facilities are yet to be reconstructed; looted armouries are yet to be restocked. Our men and women are yet to get over the atrocities committed by the same people we are charged to protect. How can we return to duty posts?”
On Friday, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, regretted that 22 policemen were killed and 205 stations and formations destroyed during the nationwide violence.
Adamu, however, directed police personnel to protect themselves against onslaught.