Defence Minister cautions the public against recording security personnel on coronavirus duty
The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has advised the public to desist from taking videos of security personnel enforcing coronavirus restrictions.
Reacting to complain of security personnel abusing citizens in a viral video circulating on social media, the minister insisted it was wrong for security officers to abuse citizens, but also condemned the act of recording security officers, while they discharge their duties.
He insisted some of the videos were old videos being circulated by some propagandist to push their own agenda.
He was, however, quick to add that the military hierarchy would take on the ones that were verified to be true.
“Some of the videos are old videos from 2018, however, the squats video with the young lady has been taken on by the GAF, the officer is being dealt with,” he assured in an interview on Citi News.
The Defence Minister, however, advised security officers not to abuse citizens who flout the lockdown directives by the President.
The Minister admitted the country was not in normal times, but that did not warrant any security officer the right to abuse citizens.
“They are not to assault anybody, but to generally assist the police in ensuring that people adhere to the lockdown directive,” he said.
However, he advised the citizenry to desist from provoking the law enforcers by adhering strictly to the directives given by the President on the partial lockdown because of the rapid spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.