The Nigeria Police Force has expressed its concerns over reports of impersonation of its staff, name dropping and other unlawful acts perpetrated by members of the public, warning that such are not tolerated and attracts severe weight of the law when caught.
The NPF made the remarks via a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), advising the general public to be “vigilant and exercise discernment when approached by anyone using the names of senior police officers…”
The statement revealed that “Nigeria Police Force remains deeply concerned about recent reports concerning the activities of certain individuals who are operating as middlemen, acting as negotiators on behalf of individuals involved in criminal activities currently in police custody. These individuals have been exploiting the names of high-ranking police officers, including that of the Inspector-General of Police, to intimidate and coerce others.
“The NPF strongly encourages all Nigerians to be vigilant and exercise discernment when approached by anyone using the names of senior police officers, as this practice not only undermines trust in the Nigeria Police Force but also poses a significant threat to the integrity of our justice system.
“Furthermore, the Force wishes to emphasize its unwavering commitment to the high standards and principles upon which the Nigeria Police Force is built. We firmly caution members of our own ranks who may consider colluding with these middlemen to compromise the standards of the Force to refrain from such actions immediately. It is essential to highlight that any officer found engaging in such activities will face severe consequences. The Nigeria Police Force maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy towards any actions that could tarnish our reputation or compromise the administration of justice.
“Finally, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism within the Nigeria Police Force. We urge all Nigerians to have faith in our justice system and to report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities, most especially using our already published contacts. Your cooperation and vigilance are essential in helping us maintain the integrity of our force and the justice system.”