By Emmanuel Adigwe
Some #EndSARS protesters have showered praises on a divisional police officer (DPO) of Anthony police station in Lagos state, Patricia Amadin, for her “encouragement and support” during the protest.
Earlier it was reported that a police officer had earlier joined the protest while expressing his anger against the now disbanded SARS.
GWG had earlier reported that the Inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had announced the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Sunday following the nationwide outrage.
After the disbandment of SARS by the IGP, photos and video clips of Ms Amadin calmly talking to the protesters in Lagos surfaced.
One of the footages showed Amadin telling the protesters that she and her team could “escort” them as they continued their protest and in another clip, she assured the protesters that her team will not disallow them their right to protest.
This action endeared her the respect of some Nigerians as some youths took to the micro-blogging platform to applaud her “heroics”.
Rinu #EndSars (@_SavvyRinu) wrote: “Hello Twitter family! Please let’s give this woman 1k Rt she is the DPO of Anthony police station, she is truly a mother. She gave the protesters morale and security at today’s protest #EndSARS #Nigeria #EndPoliceBrutality.”
Another user recounted how the DPO assisted her after her colleagues arrested him for going about with a power bike after the ban of motorcycles by the state government.
“During the bike ban, trigger happy policemen held me at Maryland and insisted that the ban covers power bikes. She was the one that let me go. beautiful soul, we gisted for a bit. She’s doing her second masters as we speak, Better woman!!!!,” the user wrote.
Below are what some social media users had to say about her:
@Franklyn___wrote: “The only sane police officer I’ve seen so far. She is the DPO of Anthony police station, she is truly a mother. She gave the protesters morale and security at today’s protest.”
(@chu_chu_ezekwem) wrote: “Heard this was DPO of Anthony. She coordinated protesters. Agba ego nkiti o na-ezuzughali.On the contrary, there are humane officers among them who know what is right. Yesterday, we read about the DPO of Anthony police station not only giving clearance but also went ahead to give police protection to the protesters.”
@Athunder2010 wrote: “DPO Anthony police station one of the Good guys.”
Motivating Akinsola (@motivatingakin) wrote: “Exactly 11:49am yesterday I took this pic infront of Anthony Playground, little did I know it was going to be everywhere on twitter 24hrs later. #EndSARS She was cooperative alongside DPO of Ifako now she gets to be recognized. One good turn deserve another.”
@prettycachy wrote: “If you have her contact, let me have it. I need to send her a gift of appreciation. #EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow#EndSARS #EndSarsNow
— #Chloroquine #EndSARS #EndSARSNow.”
FOREHEAD PRINCESS wrote: (@king_omaa) wrote: “She stood for us #EndSarsProtests.”
coco_banks (@oluwa_nimbe) wrote: “She is a great woman #EndSARS.”
The only sane police officer I’ve seen so far.
CD2 #ENDSARS (@Franklyn___) wrote: “She is the DPO of Anthony police station, she is truly a mother . She gave the protesters morale and security at today’s protest #EndSARS #Nigeria#EndSarsNow.”
OMO°AJIBADE #EndSARS●END IT ! (@peluhmhee) wrote: “Na police wey stand with us for this #EndSARS protest we go sabi PS : this is the DPO of Anthony Police station Lagos. She is indeed a mother , she handled, calm and encourage the protesters . She no be like CP Aisha Yussuf.”
Adewale Adeyemi (@OfficialDewale) wrote: “The face of the future of Policing in Nigeria. She is the DPO of Anthony Police Station in Lagos. #EndSARS.”