NPF spares men, Sowore condemns suspension of police officers

African Action Congress rights activist and presidential candidate has sued Nigeria’s police for suspending two female officers for using TikTok.

On Friday, the NPF suspended two redundant police officers, Obaze Blessing and Obaze Uju, for misconduct and violation of social media policies.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known through his Twitter handle.

Speaking in the video he shared on his Twitter page, Adejobi said the two female officers “had portrayed themselves in the viral video and other videos as being undisciplined and unprofessional in violation of police social media policies.”

In the viral video captioned “sisters that slay together, work together,” both officers can be seen in a montage of photos showing them dressed in their uniforms, bikinis and casual clothes.

Responding to a Facebook post late on Saturday, Sowore noted that Nigeria’s police were living in the past. He added that the police would have spared male officers.

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The suspension of these police ladies by the police of Nigeria is an illegal and oppressive act against the police officers. I keep repeating that Nigeria’s security forces live in the past and are very chauvinistic. If these were male police officers on TikTok, no one would touch them. The police must revoke their illegal suspension and recall them with immediate effect.

However, the police also stated in its statement: “It is equally important to state that in accordance with Article 25(2)(3) of the Police Act 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment, Promotion, the Discipline of the Supernumerary Police, 2013, issued by the IG, SPY police dress code requires its SPY officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police not to wear uniforms.

“Likewise, existing laws determine the supernumerary uniform. It says they must wear their approved uniform, an ash colored shirt with ‘SPY’ inscriptions all over, over black with a shoulder badge with the word ‘surnumerary’. Hence, redundant officers who adorn police uniforms, neon blue, or camouflage uniforms violate the law and are appropriately sanctioned.”

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The suspension has received condemnations from several notable personalities. Veteran singer, John Asiemo, popularly known as Daddy Showkey, spoke in defense of two female police officers and said the video could help draw young people to the police for good.

A former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Shehu Sani, also responded through his Twitter deal on Saturday, calling on the police to spare the ladies.

“Dear IG, forgive those two suspended female police officers. I can help preach and advise them not to repeat. When I saw the clip, I was shocked; but it’s forgivable,” Sani tweeted.

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