The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to a viral video showing a Chief Superintendent of Police of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) verbally attacking a particular ethnic group and casting aspersions on other security agencies.
The officer attached to Abia State Police Command made the verbal attack addressing a crowd while on special duty at Umunneochi L.G.A of the state following the kidnap of some members of the community on Sunday 29th May 2022.
The said officer was at the location to carry out a rescue operation led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
In a statement signed by Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police said, “He had no locus standi to address the press or any group of persons, as such is the sole responsibility of the Commissioner of Police, and the Police Public Relations Officer, or at least his superior in rank who was also at the scene.
“His impetuous and unguarded statements expressly contradict salient provisions of the Social Media Policy, Police Act and Regulations, and Code of Conduct for Police Officers, as well as extant laws regulating the conduct and activities of police officers.
“The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the unguarded utterances of the individual do not represent the principles, ideals, position, and ethics of the Nigeria Police Force, and therefore dissociates itself in all entirety.
“The Inspector-General of Police acknowledges and will continually appreciate the robust synergy enjoyed over time from the military and other security agencies in maintaining internal security, even as he assured that the erring officer will face the disciplinary procedures of the Force for his unguarded indiscretions.
“He equally restated the commitment of his administration to ensuring all and sundry have access to policing services without sentimental colourations.”