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Police dismiss Constable for flogging man with machete

The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed a Constable, Liyomo Okoi, for beating a man with a machete in Cross River State.

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This was made known via a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Monday.

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

In the viral video, the dismissed Constable had his gun in one hand and held the cutlass in the other hand with which he assaulted the man.

However, Adejobi, on Monday, said the NPF has dismissed “Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi attached to Ekori Div 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.”

He noted that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, expressed “grave disappointment at the reports of brutality and extortion leveled against some police officers via various complaint channels available to the public, particularly on social media platforms.

“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 (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) 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 police spokesperson stated.

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