Defense and Security

Police High Command Disowns Officer On Viral Video Over Kidnap Case

The Police High Command headed by Inspector General or Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has distanced itself from comments made by one of its officers.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Wednesday communicated the position of the police on the comments of a Chief Superintendent of Police of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, attached to the Abia State Police Command, while on special duty at Umunneochi L.G.A of the state following the kidnap of some members of the community on Sunday 29th May, 2022 as not representing the principles, ideals, position, and ethics of the Nigeria Police Force, and therefore dissociates itself in all entirety. 

According to the Force, the officer had no locus standi to address the press or any group of persons whatsoever.

Stating further, the Police Spokesperson said, speaking to the crowd or media at the special duty is the sole responsibility of the Commissioner of Police, and the Police Public Relations Officer, or at least his superior in rank who was also at the scene. 

Below is the statement 

PRESS RELEASE
GROSSLY UNGUARDED VIDEO COMMENTS: NPF CONDEMNS ACT, DISSOCIATES SELF FROM ASPERSIONS ON SECURITY AGENCIES

As IGP Restates Unalloyed Commitment to Fostering Synergy with Military, Others. 

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video making the rounds in some sections of the media where a Chief Superintendent of Police of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), attached to the Abia State Police Command, while on special duty at Umunneochi L.G.A of the state following the kidnap of some members of the community on Sunday 29th May, 2022, was seen addressing a crowd in an unapproved and unprofessional manner by attacking a particular ethnic group and casting aspersions on other security agencies.
It is pertinent to state that the officer was at the location to carry out a rescue operation led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. He had no locus standi to address the press or any group of persons, as such is the sole responsibility of the Commissioner of Police, and the Police Public Relations Officer, or at least his superior in rank who was also at the scene. 

His impetuous and unguarded statements expressly contradict salient provisions of the Social Media Policy, Police Act and Regulations, and Code of Conduct for Police Officers, as well as extant laws regulating the conduct and activities of police officers. The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the unguarded utterances of the individual do not represent the principles, ideals, position, and ethics of the Nigeria Police Force, and therefore dissociates itself in all entirety. 

The Inspector-General of Police acknowledges and will continually appreciate the robust synergy enjoyed over time from the military and other security agencies in maintaining internal security, even as he assured that the erring officer will face the disciplinary procedures of the Force for his unguarded indiscretions. He equally restated the commitment of his administration to ensuring all and sundry have access to policing services without sentimental colourations.

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA

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