Police officer dismissed for flogging man with machete

Okoi being dismissed from the force

A police officer identified as Liyomo Okoi has been dismissed for flogging a man with a machete.

Okoi was captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022, flogging a man with a machete.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said Okoi was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct.

The statement partly read, “The Force has dismissed Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete. His dismissal takes effect from today, 8th August 2022.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, was also disappointed at the reports of brutality and extortion levelled against some police officers.

“The IGP 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.

“The IGP has also ordered a wholistic overhauling of the Intelligence Response Team, the Special Tactical Squad, and the Special Weapons and Tactics 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.

“The IGP has therefore directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau (AIG-FIB) to carry out 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 statement read.

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