Two supernumerary police officers have been suspended by the Nigeria Police for “discreditable conduct” and violation of the Force’s social media policy.
Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement that the officers, both female, were suspended with immediate effect “for breach of the provisions of the Police Act, 2020, and The Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY) 2013 by the Inspector-General of Police, as captured in a video posted by one of the officers”.
Adejobi identified the officers as Obaze Blessing with SPY number 5709, and Obaze Emmanuella Uju with SPY number 5708.
Videos of both officers on TikTok have made the rounds recently and the Force PRO noted that one of their videos went viral on August 3, 2022.
He said, in the video, the officers “adorned themselves in conventional police officers’ uniforms contrary to the code regulating the SPY service. One of them similarly adorned the rank of Superintendent of Police which is contrary to extant laws.
“Above all, they portrayed themselves in the viral video and other videos as undisciplined and unprofessional, in contravention of the Police Social Media Policy, with acts glorifying ill-gotten wealth and ill-morals, which has received wide condemnation from members of the public.”
Warning Against Misuse of Uniforms
In addition to suspending both officers, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, issued a strict warning against “incessant, illegal and unwarranted use of police uniforms restricted to bona fide serving officers of the Nigeria Police Force”.