Police Officers should only be disciplined, not fired, for “ordinary misconduct.” – Shan George
Nollywood actress Shan George has criticized the Nigerian Police Force‘s efforts to fire everyone found to have engaged in misbehavior outright.
The seasoned actor made this statement in response to Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri, Force No. 509745, being fired from the Lagos Police Command for gross misconduct, disobedience to legal orders, and attack on a member of the public that was caught on camera on August 3, 2022.
Kadiri, who joined the Force on December 6, 2016, was discovered looking through a commuter’s phone by the side of the road in defiance of Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, orders.
The commuter who tried to alert the discharged officer to the order was also attacked.
The police announced his dismissal and indicated that it became effective on August 12, 2022 in a statement issued by Force spokeswoman Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The NPF further urged police officers and men to conduct themselves professionally and courteously toward members of the public while carrying out their duties in accordance with the law. It also urged people to act appropriately whenever they interact with police in order to avoid offenses that could result in legal action.
Shan George, in response, scowled and said that dismissal for simple offense is an excessive punishment.
Shan George wrote, “As Long As They Didn’t Kill Anyone. Suspend Them, Demote Them, Cut down their Salary Re Re-orientate Them, But Don’t Dismiss PoliceMen. Nigerian Police, Nigerian government stop dismissing policemen.”