Apart from reckless shooting and killing of innocent Nigerians, it seems another thing Nigerian police officers are good at is making reckless statements.
Nigerians on social media were outraged few weeks ago when a ranking police officer, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and head of the public complaint rapid response unit (PCRRU) Yomi Shogunle 'advised' Nigerians on ‘another way to avoid 'kasala’ with Nigerian policemen.
“#YSGuide: For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding talk to them in Pidgin, another way to avoid kasala,” Shogunle said.
According to him, the use of pidgin, rather than “Queen’s English” would save people from 'kasala' with the policemen.
Nigerians condemned Shogunle's statement as a reckless utterance giving away Nigerian police officers as half-educated, incompetent lots and one which is capable of further encouraging the trigger happy officers.
Meanwhile, that was not the first time Shogunle would be called out for making unguarded statements. He had once been called out for making insensitive comments regarding the viral #EndSARS campaign.
Continuing in the tradition of making reckless statement, another police officer is seen a new video saying boldly that "even God supports stealing" in Yoruba language as he extorts money from a motorist.
As the motorist complained that he had given many police officers money on his way, the yet to be identified police officer insisted he must give him four pieces of one thousand Naira notes.
"...Stealing vehicles, robbery...even God supports it," the policeman said.
"You have to make it four o. We are four in number. You will have a safe trip," the policeman said as the motorist offered him pieces of one thousand Naira notes.
The video which was posted on Twitter by Kayode Ogundami has also attracted heated reactions from Nigerians:
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Abubakar Adamu, revealed that the Nigeria Police Force will employ technology for combating crime as against the use of weapons.
The police IG who was in Lagos following the recent extra-judicial killings in the state, made this known while addressing police officers and the press at the Police College, Ikeja.
While condoling with the families of the bereaved, the police boss stated that the wrong use of weapons will no longer be tolerated in the state.
In his address, he explained that series of training will be done across the country, especially with the handling of weapons and how to address the citizens.
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