Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has reacted to the viral video showing an officer in Police uniform stamping his feet on the neck of a civilian repeatedly.
The video which emerged online via @NigeriaDream showed an officer in Blue Police uniform manhandling an unarmed civilian who looked totally helpless as he suffered a severe beating in the hands of the uniformed officer.
Reacting to the video in a statement released by Frank Mbah, spokesperson to the Police, IGP Adamu said Investigation into the video and its source revealed the incident did not occur in Nigeria,
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a viral video credited to “@NigeriaDream”, showing a security officer meting out inhuman treatment to a man in clear violation of his rights, dignity and freedom.
“In the video, the security officer was seen stamping his feet on the neck and head of a man lying helplessly on the floor. The Force condemns the act.
“It has however painstakingly fact-checked and examined the video and hereby states that the incident did not take place anywhere or at any time in Nigeria.
“A critical look at the video indicates that – the vehicles on the scene are neither common vehicles used in Nigeria nor are the number plates of Nigerian pattern; Although the man in uniform looks like a private security guard that can be found anywhere, he is certainly not a personnel of the Nigeria Police Force. Also, the background language in the video is not any of the known Nigerian languages.
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“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni calls on citizens to discountenance the video as a clear mischief ostensibly orchestrated to stir up ill-feelings towards security agencies in Nigeria. He assures of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to always respect and uphold the rights of the citizenry.”