The Inspector-General of Nigerian Police – Usman Baba – Monday sacked police constable Liyomo Okoi with force number: 524503 – attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers State Police Command, for gross misconduct caught on video on July 31, 2022,
The video shows Okoi flogging a man with a machete.
His dismissal took immediate effect from Monday, spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement.
The police chief reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration and corruption-free, professional human rights-driven policing within the country.
Baba expressed confidence that the ongoing overhauling in the police would improve the effectiveness and enhance the standard operating procedure in the police system.
The statement reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed grave disappointment at the reports of brutality and extortion levelled 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 holistic 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.”