The Nigeria Police Force has spoken out against the entertainment industry’s usage and exploitation of its uniforms and other accessories.
The police added that going forward, filmmakers who misrepresent the police or exploit their service materials without permission will be detained and prosecuted.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, issued the warning in a letter of instruction.
In a statement that he signed and provided to reporters, Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi quoted Baba.
The statement also denounced dealers selling police equipment and supplies illegally in stores and open establishments that are not authorized nor recognized by the police authority.
IGP Baba berated the manner in which “Movie makers and skit makers portray the police institution in their movies and skits, using the police uniform without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise such unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.
“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost Marshals, and X-Squad, to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for, and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.”
Baba reassured the populace of the Force’s dedication to upholding the law and assigned him the responsibility of assuring fast acceptance of all requests for permission to use police equipment in films and skits.
He continued by saying that the Force is committed to upholding the law and that it will portray moral principles, make a favorable impression on Nigerians, add value to our system, equip police officers with cutting-edge tools so they can actively carry out their duties as police officers, showcase role models on television who will have an impact on their lives and careers, and subsequently enhance security measures in Nigeria.
The statement added: “The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.
“It is obvious that this step will surely curb proliferation of police kits, uniforms and accoutrements and eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in our society”.
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