The Police Force Headquarters on Thursday said it will investigate comedian, Abdulgafar Abiola, popularly known as ‘Cute Abiola’ for contemptuous use of police uniform.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said in as much as the law granted Nigerians the right to enjoy their fundamental human rights, the same law prohibited an individual, under whatever guise, from rubbishing the police institution or grossly violating its provisions with regards to the use of uniforms.
He said the police vehemently condemn the contemptuous act displayed by Cute Abiola, in two recent skits posted on his social media handles on 20th and 24th July 2023.
“The skits in question show a highly disrespectful and derogatory portrayal of the police uniform, an action that is in direct violation of Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law.
“Such acts are not only offensive but also undermine the integrity and dignity of the men and women who wear the uniform in service to the nation.
“Abdulgafar Abiola will be investigated and possibly prosecuted for his deliberate acts as the NPF had already warned skit makers and filmmakers to desist from desecrating its uniform or accoutrements,” Adejobi said.
He added that the Force is committed to upholding the sanctity of the uniform and would pursue due legal process to ensure accountability for any individual or entity that sought to bring disrepute to the uniform or the institution it represented.
“We call on all members of the public, including media personalities, to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly and avoid engaging in actions that could erode public trust in our revered law enforcement institutions,’ he said.