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Skit, Film Makers Will Be Arrested, Prosecuted Over Use Of Police Uniforms – IG Of Police, Baba

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has said that producers of skits and movies who use the police uniforms without approval will be arrested and prosecuted.

Baba’s directive was contained in a statement signed by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, on Sunday.

The statement also decried the illegal sale of police materials and accouterments by traders in shops, and open stores not approved nor recognized by the police authority.

“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 accouterments 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.

“The IGP further reiterates the commitment of the Force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, as the Force Public Relations Officer has been charged with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies, in tandem with the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career; and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accouterments 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 accouterments and eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in our society”.

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