The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has expressed concern over unauthorised possession and use of police uniforms and equipment by movie makers, skit makers and others in Nigeria.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) issued the statement about police uniform and accessories on Sunday.
He stated that the police were also worried about the illegal sale of police materials and accessories by traders in shops and open stores not approved nor recognised by authorities.
According to the statement the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman has equally frowned at the ‘demeaning manner’ in which movie and skit makers portray the police institution in their productions.
The use the police uniform has been without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.
“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost marshals and X-Squad to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law,” the police spokesman said.
“The IGP further reiterates the commitment of the force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, as the Force Public Relations Officer has been charged with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies, in tandem with the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career, and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.
“The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie 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.”
Adejobi also said that the force will curb the proliferation of police uniform, kits, and accessories, as well as eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in the society.
Police Commence Recruitment of 10,000 Personnel Based on Merit- IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has again restated unequivocally that the recruitment process of the Nigeria Police Force is merit-based and not subject to the whims and caprices of any individual or groups of persons irrespective of their position or status in the society.
The IGP emphasizes that the recruitment process comprises a physical screening of all applicants who have expressed interest in serving with the NPF by filling the application form online, which is totally free; a Computer-Based Test (CBT), set and organized by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for all who met the legal requirements for the physical screening exercise as provided by the Police Act 2020; and a Medical Screening of all applicants who passed the CBT Examination to confirm their fitness to take up the policing duty. Those who have successfully passed these processes are collated, and an equal number of them, prioritizing the best amongst them, per Local Government Area (LGA), are selected to form part of the Police Constable Intake for a particular year, including the just concluded 2021 intake.
The process ensures that only those suited for the job are amongst the final individuals from whom the required 10,000 would be selected. It is therefore surprising and misinforming to read in the news from some quarters that the recruitment of Police Recruits, was influenced and facilitated by some individuals to suit their interest for whatever reasons best known to them.
The IGP further reiterates that the Police recruitment process is not for sale neither can it be influenced. He therefore urges the general public to disregard comments ascribing glory for the efforts of young men and women who burnt the midnight candle and exerted all effort to emerge successful in the police screening exercise to some individuals for their pecuniary reasons or gains. The IGP vows to continually intensify efforts in upholding the sanctity and standards of modern policing in the NPF.
EFCC Secretary Charges Youths on Discipline, Integrity
The Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. George Abang Ekpungu has charged Nigerian youths to embrace discipline and Integrity as a way of life.
Ekpungu gave the charge today, November 24, 2021 when students of the Economics Department, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai visited the headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, Abuja on an educational tour.
Ekpungu said lack of self-discipline and integrity are the major problems bedeviling Nigeria as a nation, and urged the youths as future leaders of the nation to inculcate the good habit of discipline and integrity as a way of life.
He informed the students that the Commission is working tirelessly in the recovery of stolen assets and blocking leakages in government agencies across the country.
Ekpungu further urged the students to use the user-friendly application “EAGLE EYE”, in reporting cases of fraud and corruption.
In the same vein, Head Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit of the Commission, Aisha Mohammed charged the students to imbibe the values of hard work, excellence and integrity as there are no shortcuts to success.
She admonished them to be good ambassadors of the EFCC by showing good example in character and to expose any acts that fail the simple test of integrity.
Speaking on Cybercrime and its adverse effect on the Nigerian Economy, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, Nwaka Daniel advised the students to shun all forms of cybercrimes and criminality, stressing that the activities of cybercriminals is ruining the good reputation of Nigeria and causing its good citizen their jobs, money and goodwill.
“The Lagos State Police Command has never lacked dutiful and diligent officers at the helm of its public relation desks” – Samson Oki
Mr. Samson Oki, Public Relations Officer of The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has said that the Lagos State Police Command has always had dutiful officers in charge of its affairs.
Oki made the statement on Friday while felicitating with the newly appointed Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu
CSP Ajisebutu’s appointment was announced on Friday by the immediate past Spokesperson of the Command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, following recommendations based on positive service records and meritorious endeavors for public good.
Ajisebutu replaced CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi who had been promoted and transferred to the Force Public Relations Department, Abuja.
A statement signed by the Association’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eric Elezuo, quoted the National President, Mr. Samson Oki as pouring encomiums on the cop, whose antecedents in the force smacks of positivism with track records of intelligence and public engagements, adding that the Association welcomes the cop with gladness and pledges their continuous support while he performs his duties.
“It is on record that the Lagos Command has never lacked dutiful and diligent officers at the helm of its public relation desks, and CSP Ajisebutu is no exception. We are so blessed to have him as the PPRO at this time in Lagos State. There is no doubt that Ajisebutu is bringing his wealth of experience in various fields of policing to give the PR desk the best of shots,” Oki said.
“We welcome you sir, and be rest assured that our association, NAOSNP, well known and reputed for covering and reporting the Nigeria Police, research and fact-based security stories, will stand by you, and give you the needed full support in the discharge of your duties,” he added.
The new spokesman was enlisted into the Force on Sept. 1, 1988, and was the second-in-command, Area E FESTAC Area Command, Lagos State, before his new posting.
Ajisebutu was a one-time PPRO, Oyo State Police Command, between 2015 and 2019 and PPRO Zone 11, Osogbo, between 2019 and 2020, where he excelled. He is also a former Deputy PPRO, Ogun State Command.
He was a Personal Assistant to Commissioners of Police in Ogun Command and Personal Assistant to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Research and Planning, Force Headquarters, Abuja, retired DIG Leye Oyebade, in 2021.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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