By Mark C. Orgu, News/Comments, August 8, 2022
ABUJA-The Nigerian Police Force has dismissed a serving officer, PC Liyomo Okoi with the No. 524503 for extortion and inhuman act. Okoi was attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command, as the Force found him guilty for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July, 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete. According to the Force, Okoi dismissal takes effect from today the 8th of August, 2022, as the Inspector-General of Police , Usman Alkali Baba however wants men of the force to remain professional in their respective duties
Meanwhile, in a statement released to Afrikanwatch Network by the force headquarters through its public relations officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, quoted the Inspector-General, Alkali Baba as saying that some officers of the force have given industrious and sincere policemen and women bad image because of their ethnical behaviours, while also expressing grave disappointment at the reports of brutality and extortion leveled against some police officers via various complaint channels available to the public, particularly on social media platforms.
The IGP has however directed all supervising Commissioners of Police and Tactical/Strategic Commanders to ensure strict supervision of their personnel as further incidences of this nature would be viewed strictly. Part of the press statement read:
‘The IGP has also ordered a holistic overhauling of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Units to ensure that their operations are in tandem with the purpose for their creation, and maximum effectiveness and output in line with the mandate of the IGP’s administration and public safety.
The IGP has therefore directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau (AIG-FIB) to carry out supervisory role over the three units to ensure their operations are professional, active and productive and do not infringe on the fundamental rights of the citizenry, and other members of the public”
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