The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed a Police Constable Liyomo Okoi attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Comand for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete.
The disclosure was made in a statement released by the Police Headquarters and posted on Twitter by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed grave disappointment at the reports of brutality and extortion levelled against some police officers via various complaint channels available to the public, particularly on social media platforms. The IGP has therefore 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”.
The statement further stated that “the IGP has also ordered a wholistic 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.
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“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.
“In the same vein, the Force has dismissed Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi attached to Ekori Div Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Comd for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete,” the statement read.