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Nigerian Police Strongly Condemn Skit Maker’s “Disrespectful Use” of Uniform

The Nigerian police have expressed strong condemnation over the improper use of their uniform by popular skit maker, Abdulgafar Abiola, famously known as Cute Abiola.

In a press release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the skit maker’s portrayal of the police was described as not only derogatory but also considered punishable under the law.

CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi pointed out that two of Cute Abiola’s recent videos, which featured the police uniform, were in violation of Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law.

“While Nigerians have the right to enjoy their fundamental human rights, it is also important to note that denigrating the police institution or grossly violating its provisions concerning the use of uniforms is strictly prohibited,” stated the press release.

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The Nigerian police vehemently condemned the contemptuous act displayed by Cute Abiola in the two skits, which were shared on his social media handles on 20th and 24th July 2023. The portrayal of the police uniform in these skits was deemed disrespectful and derogatory, directly violating the aforementioned sections of the law. Such actions not only offend but also undermine the integrity and dignity of the dedicated men and women who wear the uniform while serving the nation.

As a result, Abdulgafar Abiola will be subjected to an investigation, and potential prosecution for his deliberate acts. The Nigerian Police Force had previously warned skit makers and filmmakers to refrain from desecrating the police uniform or any of its accoutrements.

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The Nigerian Police Force is dedicated to upholding the sanctity of the uniform and will pursue due legal process to ensure accountability for any individual or entity that attempts to bring disrepute to the uniform or the institution it represents. The statement also called on all members of the public, including media personalities, to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly and avoid engaging in actions that could erode public trust in the esteemed law enforcement institutions.

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