IGP threatens to arrest filmmakers for unauthorized use of police uniforms and kits

the Inspector General of Police, Usman Babahas outlawed the use of police uniforms, kits and other accoutrements by filmmakers and parodies. Force public relations officer Muyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday. Mr. Adejobi, who raised concerns about how the police are portrayed in various entertainment content, said that wearing the police uniform without permission is criminalized and punishable by Section 251 of the Penal Code Act and Section 133 of the Criminal Code Law. He said the IGP has given an order to police officers “to immediately arrest and prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons involved in the illegal sale of police uniforms and supplies within their jurisdictions”. It added that “movie makers or parodies who portray Nigerian Police officers in a negative light, without duly requesting and receiving a letter of permission for such depictions, must desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.” ”. The police warning comes as comedians, particularly on social media, wear police uniforms for their content. Some of the popular comedians who have worn the police uniform regularly include Broda Shaggi, Officer Woos, William Uchemba, Aki, and Paw Paw among others. Police characters are a regular feature in Nigeria’s burgeoning parody industry. Read the full statement: PRESS RELEASE INSECURITY: THE NIGERIA POLICE DENOUNCES THE UNAUTHORIZED AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION, SALES, USE OF POLICE UNIFORMS AND ACCESSORIES While IGP orders immediate prosecution of offenders The Nigerian Police Force has raised concerns about the continued and authorized possession and use of police uniforms and equipment by some individuals, film and skit producers, as well as the illegal sale of police materials and equipment by merchants in stores, open stores not approved or authorized. recognized by the police authority. The IGP has also frowned upon the demeaning manner in which filmmakers and spoofers portray the police institution in their films and parodies, wearing the police uniform without resorting to the provision of Section 251 of the Code Act. Criminal Law and Section 133 of the Criminal Law. Law of the Code that typifies such unauthorized use as a crime with the corresponding necessary sanctions. Therefore, the IGP instructed all the commandos and formations, the IGP Surveillance Unit, the Senior Constables and the X-Squad to immediately arrest and prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of people involved in the illegal sale of police uniforms and clothing. accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while the makers of films or skits that portray Nigerian Police Force officers in a bad light, without requesting and having received a letter of permission for such depictions, desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law. The IGP also reiterates the Force’s commitment to guarantee compliance with the law, since the Force’s Public Relations Officer has been entrusted with the task of guaranteeing the prompt authorization of all requests for approval of the use of police elements in films, in conjunction with the existing one. laws and represent good values, positively impress the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out police duties and on-screen role models that would influence their lives and careers; and consequently improve the security mechanisms in Nigeria… The Inspector General of Police firmly believes that such sanity in the production of films, the regulation of sales, possession and use of police uniforms and equipment will definitely have a positive impact on the revival of moral values ​​and the correction of perceptions and erroneous ideologies about committing crimes in our society. It is obvious that this step is sure to curb the proliferation of police equipment, uniforms and accoutrements and will eventually reduce police imposter-induced crime in our society. CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipraPUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OF THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS OF THE FORCESABUJA July 31, 2022 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; IGP threatens to arrest filmmakers for unauthorized use of police uniforms and kits