In a move aimed at stamping out cultism from its fold, authorities of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, have axed the recalcitrant Police Corporal, Mathew Isaac, who was caught in viral video singing and brandishing his rifle.
NPF decision to demote the Police Corporal to the rank of a Constable is deemed to be in tandem with the Force extant provisions of the Police Act which frowns at the act exhibited by Corporal Mathew Isaac.
When the video went viral on social media, the Inspector General of Police IGP Alakli Usman Baba, was said to have condemned in strong term the act exhibited by the young officer attached to the Ebonyi State Command and ordered his immediate arrest. He had since been tried in the Orderly room trial and found guilty even as the erring officer reportedly pleaded guilty to the charges pressed against him.
In a press statement with Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.4/134, dated June 5, 2022, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated thus :
” CULTISM: POLICE APPROVE PUNISHMENT OF REDUCTION IN RANK FOR CORPORAL CAUGHT IN TIKTOK VIDEO”
“The Nigeria Police Force has approved the punishment of reduction in rank from Corporal to Constable for Isaac Mathew attached to Ebonyi State Police Command. 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. 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.”