- The Nigeria Police Force has taken a strong decision against PC Liyomo Okoi, an officer who flogged a civilian with a machete
- Okoi's dismissal was announced on Monday, August 3, in a statement released by police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi
- The police officer who was attached to Ekori Divisional Police Headquarters, Cross River state was dismissed for gross misconduct
FCT, Abuja - Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has announced the dismissal of PC Liyomo Okoi, who was attached to Ekori Divisional Police Headquarters, Cross River state.
Adejobi revealed this in a statement on Monday, August 8, eight days after a video of the police officer beating a person with a cutlass went viral on social media.
Okoi with Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi was attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command.
He was captured in a video on Sunday, July 31, where he was flogging a man with a cutlass.
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"His dismissal takes effect from today the 8th of August, 2022," the police spokesman said, noting that he was dismissed for gross misconduct.
IGP expresses grave disappointment over reports of police brutality, extortion
Adejobi further stated that 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.
He said the police chief 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.
According to the spokesperson, the IGP 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.
Legit.ng gathers that IGP Baba also directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau (AIG-FIB) to carry out a 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.
The police boss also reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive with a dedication to entrenching human rights-driven policing within the country.
Police dismiss officer justifying extortion in viral video
In a related development, the Nigerian Police Force recently dismissed Richard Gele, the officer who was seen in a video clip justifying extortion.
The spokesperson of the force, Adejobi, announced the dismissal in a statement on Friday, July 29.
Gele was caught in a viral video that trended in June, justifying and dignifying extortion of public members as official corruption.