The Nigeria Police Force has announced its intention to investigate and potentially prosecute comedian Abdulgafar Abiola, widely known as “Cute Abiola,” for his disrespectful use of police uniforms in two skits posted on social media on July 20 and July 24.
In an official statement released on July 27, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, expressed deep concern over the skits, which he described as displaying a highly disrespectful and derogatory portrayal of the police uniform. According to Adejobi, such actions directly contravene Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law. He emphasized that these skits were not only offensive but also undermined the integrity and dignity of the men and women who wear the police uniform in service to the nation.
As a result of the gravity of the matter, Abdulgafar Abiola is now the subject of an investigation that may lead to legal proceedings. The Nigeria Police Force had previously issued warnings to skit makers and filmmakers to refrain from using the police uniform or any related accoutrements in a manner that desecrates its image.
The police force is committed to preserving the sanctity of the uniform and will ensure due legal process is followed to hold individuals or entities accountable for tarnishing the reputation of the uniform and the institution it represents. The statement stressed the importance of responsible exercise of freedom of expression by all members of the public, including media personalities, to avoid actions that could erode public trust in the esteemed law enforcement institutions of the country.
In conclusion, the Nigeria Police Force is taking this matter seriously and will uphold its duty to maintain the honor and respectability of its uniform, reinforcing the message that any form of disrespect or misuse of the uniform will not be tolerated.