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Lagos Police Officer Dismissed After Searching Commuter’s Phone

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A Nigerian police officer has been dismissed after violating directives from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba against searching commuter’s phones by the road side.

Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri with No. 509745 attached to Dolphin Divisional Headquarters, Lagos Police Command was dismissed on basis of gross misconduct, disobedience to lawful order, and publicly assaulting a civilian as captured in a viral video on August 3.

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This was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI.

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The statement reads: “The Nigerian Police Force has dismissed Force No. 509745 Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri attached to Dolphin Divisional Headquarters, Lagos Police Command for gross misconduct, disobedience to lawful order, and assault on a member of the public captured in a viral video on August 3, 2022.

“The dismissed officer who, enlisted into the Force on 6th December, 2016, was caught searching a commuter’s phone by the road side contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, to that effect. He equally assaulted the commuter who attempted to bring the order to his notice. His dismissal takes effect from today the 12th of August, 2022.

“The Police hereby calls on officers and men of the Force to maintain professionalism and civility to members of the public in the discharge of their duties in line with extant laws. The Force equally calls on members of the public to ensure proper conduct in all encounters with police officers to avoid infractions which may be subject to prosecution.”

GWG reports that the habit of Nigerian police officers searching the phones of commuters at check points has been severally condemned by the public and civil society organisations.

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