NIGERIA. Abuja: To improve the effectiveness and standard operating procedures of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has dismissed and de-kitted a Police Officer seen in a viral video assaulting a civilian with a machete.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Ademuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, one Liyomo Okoi, a Police Constable with NPF Number 524503 assigned to the Ekori Divisional Headquarters in Ekori Community, Cross River State, South-South, Nigeria, was dismissed after facing an orderly room trial and being found guilty of the offence.
“The IGP expressed confidence that the current overhauling will improve the effectiveness of the units and rid them of negative elements that deviate from the Units’ and NPF’s standard operating procedure,” Adejobi said.
Adejobi told the press at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, that Akoi’s behaviour violated the NPF’s professional rules and that any officer caught doing so would face the full force of the law, especially if it involved the mistreatment of an innocent citizen.
Adejobi added that the Inspector-General of Police had reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards, and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive to establish human rights-driven policing in the country.
However, Adejobi further reiterated that any officer found in any act of misconduct and indiscipline would not be spared, as they will be shown the exit way out of the NPF.
In another related development, Okoi’s case will be the second in less than two weeks after the dismissal of Inspector Richard Gele in July in Kogi State, who was caught in a viral video “dignifying and justifying extortion”.