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The Nigeria Police Force have once again issued a strict warning to Nigerian on the misuse of police uniforms on social media. vowing to prosecute anyone caught in the act.
This is coming after the police suspended two supernumerary officers for violation of social media policy.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, in a statement said the use of uniforms is only restricted to officers of the force.
Part of the statement read; ‘‘The incessant, illegal and unwarranted use of Police Uniforms restricted to bonafide serving officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
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“This is coming on the heels of the suspension of two Supernumerary Police Officers, with immediate effect, for breach of the provisions of the Police Act, 2020.
“The Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY) 2013 by the Inspector-General of Police, as captured in a video posted by one of the officers in a viral video on August 3rd, 2022.’
‘The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movies production, regulation of sales, possession and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values, and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society. It is obvious that this step will surely curb proliferation of Police kits, uniforms and accoutrements and eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in our society.’
The warning by the police comes as comedians, particularly on social media, use police uniforms for their content.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that some of the popular comedians who have used the police uniform regularly are Broda Shaggi, Officer Woos, William Uchemba, Aki, and Paw Paw, among several others.
Police characters are a regular feature in the booming skit-making industry in Nigeria.