- The Lagos police command calls on the public to disregard a photoshopped picture of a policeman purportedly bearing an inscription denouncing police involvement in the counter insurgency operation
- Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos state commissioner of police, says the photoshopped image is the handiwork of mischief makers to discredit the force
- The command says it is in collaboration with relevant bodies to fish out the people behind the misinformation for appropriate legal action
The Lagos police command has said it is going to take a legal action against those behind a photoshopped image of a policeman purportedly shown bearing a banner saying policemen were not trained to fight insurgent.
Sahara Reporters states that the state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgar, called on the public to disregard the picture of the policeman purportedly bearing an inscription denouncing police involvement in the counter insurgency operation.
The commissioner in a statement through the command’s spokesperson, Chike Oti, said it is the handiwork of mischief makers to discredit the force.
Oti stated that in the original picture, the said officer, CSP Yusuf Ajape, had a placard with an inscription that read: 'Bail is free'
The police said the officer image was photographed during the change-begins-with-me campaign and replaced with the inscription: Is not our duty to fight Boko Haram, we were not trained to.
The force said the message was an attempt to reduce the moral of gallant policemen fighting insurgents in northeast Nigeria.
"What gain is there for those behind the removal of the original message which was 'BAIL IS FREE', and replacing it with a message that is clearly aimed at demoralising our gallant policemen combating the insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country?
“Based on the development, the CP has activated the ICT department of the Command to, in collaboration with relevant bodies, fish out the people behind the misinformation for appropriate legal action,” Oti said.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have reportedly fired 121 of its personnel, who allegedly absconded from a counter-terrorism training facility in a bid to avoid being posted to tackle Boko Haram insurgents.
It was learnt that at least 167 personnel absconded recently. Premium Times, which reported the names of those sacked, said the 121 personnel included the officers of the police rank-and-file.
They were accused of committing mutiny and desertion. The action against them reportedly came in the form of an instruction from the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. Their dismissal comes with immediate effect, the report said.
The directive from the IGP has reportedly being received by many of the police units where the affected personnel were attached before they absconded to evade redeployment to the north east to tackle Boko Haram.
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