The Nigerian police have expressed strong disapproval of the ‘disrespectful use’ of their uniform by the popular skit maker, Abdulgafar Abiola, widely known as Cute Abiola.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, issued a press release condemning the comedian’s portrayal of the police in his skits. The portrayal was deemed derogatory and potentially punishable under the law.
Adejobi pointed out that two of Cute Abiola’s recent skits violated Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law, as they denigrated the police institution and violated provisions concerning the use of uniforms.
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In the statement, the police vehemently condemned the disrespectful and derogatory portrayal of the police uniform in the mentioned skits, stressing that such actions undermine the integrity and dignity of the men and women who wear the uniform while serving the nation.
The police will conduct an investigation and may initiate legal proceedings against Abdulgafar Abiola for his deliberate acts. The Nigerian Police Force had previously warned skit makers and filmmakers against desecrating their uniforms or accouterments.
The police are committed to upholding the sanctity of their uniform and will pursue legal measures to hold individuals or entities accountable for tarnishing their reputation or that of the institution it represents. The public, including media personalities, is urged to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly and avoid actions that could erode public trust in law enforcement institutions.