From Molly Kilete, Abuja
Liyomo Okoi, the police officer shown in a viral video beating a man with a machete in Cross Rivers State, has been fired, according to the Nigeria Police Force headquarters.
His firing will begin on Monday, August 8.
This comes after accusations of violence and extortion against some police officers, notably on social media platforms, were criticized by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba.
The IGP issued a directive to all tactical/strategic commanders and supervisory commissioners of police to establish tight oversight of their staff since he would no longer accept such incidents.
In a statement released in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer Olumiyiwa Adejobi made this information public.
According to Adejobi, the IGP has also mandated a reorganization of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS), and Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Units to make sure that their operations are in line with the reason they were established and that they are operating to the fullest extent possible in accordance with the IGP’s mandate and public safety.
The declaration 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 wholistic 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 of 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 a 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.
“In the same vein, the Force has dismissed *Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi* attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete. His dismissal takes effect from today the 8th of August, 2022.
“The Inspector-General of Police has therefore reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive with a dedication to entrenching human rights-driven policing within the country. The IGP expressed confidence that the current overhauling will improve the effectiveness of the units, and rid them of negative elements who deviate from the standard operating procedure of the Units, and the Nigeria Police Force in general.”