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Police demote officer allegedly involved in cultism

Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has approved the punishment of reduction in rank for an officer caught in a viral video allegedly promoting and showcasing his involvement in cultism.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the officer, Isaac Mathew, who is attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command, was demoted from Corporal to Constable.

Recall that the officer was caught in a viral TikTok video on May 7, 2022, dressed in full Police uniform while singing, dancing and brandishing an AK47 rifle in praise of a secret confraternity.

“This decision follows the outcome of the Orderly Room Trial of the concerned officer and a review of the recommended punishment for the offences of Discreditable Conduct, Promoting Secret Cults and violation of the Social Media Policy (SMP) of the Nigeria Police Force.

“The Force is currently looking into many other disciplinary cases of unprofessionalism and misconduct by officers in encounters with members of the public.

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Meanwhile, orderly room trials are ongoing and decisions reached at the end of such trials will be made known as the current police administration is committed to a transparent, accountable and proactive policing system in Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, therefore charges all police officers to uphold professional ethics, discipline and the ideals of the Nigeria Police Force.

He further charges them to be committed to self-discipline in line with the IGP’s policing agenda of ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards, enhancement of anti-corruption drive with a view to having the desired Police institution Nigerians deserve,” Adejobi said.

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