…By for TDPel Media.
The Nigeria Police Force is set to conduct an investigation into the actions of Nigerian comedian, Abdulgafar Abiola, also known as Cute Abiola, following his use of police uniforms in two of his comedy skits.
The Police Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, issued a statement via Twitter, expressing concern over the skits posted on social media on July 20 and July 24.
According to Adejobi, these skits have raised serious legal concerns, as they directly violate Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law.
Disrespectful Portrayal of Police Uniform
In the statement, Adejobi emphasized that the comedy skits featuring Cute Abiola displayed a highly disrespectful and derogatory portrayal of the police uniform.
This act not only offended the police force but also undermined the integrity and dignity of the officers who wear the uniform while serving the nation.
While acknowledging that Nigerians have the right to enjoy their fundamental human rights, the Police Force stressed that these rights do not extend to tarnishing the image of the police institution or blatantly violating the regulations governing the use of police uniforms.
Violation of Legal Provisions
The Police Force expressed strong condemnation for the contemptuous acts exhibited by Cute Abiola in the two skits posted on his social media handles.
The violation of Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law was deemed unacceptable.
These legal provisions are in place to protect the sanctity of the police uniform and prevent any disrespectful or inappropriate use of it.
The skits in question not only crossed these legal boundaries but also posed a threat to public trust in the nation’s law enforcement institutions.
Accountability and Legal Action
As a consequence of Cute Abiola’s deliberate actions, the Nigeria Police Force intends to investigate and potentially prosecute the comedian.
Prior to this incident, the Police Force had already issued warnings to skit makers and filmmakers, cautioning them against desecrating the police uniform or its accoutrements in their content.
The Police Force is committed to upholding the integrity of the uniform and will follow due legal process to hold individuals or entities accountable for any attempts to bring disrepute to the uniform or the institution it represents.
Call for Responsible Expression
In conclusion, the Nigeria Police Force called on all members of the public, including media personalities, to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly.
They urged individuals to refrain from engaging in actions that could erode public trust in the esteemed law enforcement institutions of the country.
The statement emphasizes the importance of respecting the symbols and representations of law and order in society to maintain a harmonious and credible relationship between the police force and the citizens they serve.