Nigerians have been reacting with commendations for the police hierarchy dismissed a police officer, identified as PC Liyomo Okoi who was captured in a viral video beating a civilian with cutlass.
The video had sparked massive controversy on social media as Nigerians expressed anger and called for justice.
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GreenWhiteGreen GWG gathered that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba after expressing interest in the matter summoned the officer to his office in Abuja.
Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, via a tweet said the IGP following the summon to Abuja on Thursday had condemned him for his actions.
He wrote: “GROSS MISCONDUCT: NPF has dismissed PC LIYOMO OKOI, Force No 524503,attached to Ekori Divisional Police Headquarters, Cross River State, who was captured in a video that went viral on 31st July, 2022, where he was flogging a civilian with cutlass, with effect from today 8th August, 2022. He is ceased to be a member of the NPF, and we urge members of the public not to have any official dealings or transactions with him henceforth. We will always do the needful to sanitise the NPF and uphold the standards and values of the Nigeria Police Force. Thanks.
Reacting to the development, Nigerians via their handles hailed the Force for punishing the officer while others insisted that he should face the law for assault.
Read comments below:
@ferrabonnoworld: He doesn’t just need to dismissed……he needs be to sued and arrested to send a warning to other officers who are violent & corrupt …..youths can’t even go put in peace again & make a living to feed themselves & families just because there are some menaces in uniforms around
@lanredeola: Well done. Pls broadcast this and show the video to all your units and divisions. Let them see the consequences for gross misconduct. By the time 50 of the bad eggs are dismissed, the rest will amend their ways.
@ishayaibrahim1: Now that Okoi has been dismissed from the police, all the fire in his vain will now relax like ice water. I hope other policemen are watching. The dignity of the force will be restored by this kind of exemplary punishment
@chuckpeterrr: After dismissing them. Please try to rehabilitate them or keep them on close watch. Most of the end of becoming criminals in the society and aided by their colleagues still in active service.