Following the viral video of an armed policeman which surfaced online yesterday, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the Nigeria Police Force has swiftly reacted to the development.
According to information reaching InsideMainland, the policeman, Inspector Kadima Useni, who got drunk in Akownojo community, Lagos Mainland and was filmed by onlookers has been dismissed.
“A drunken policeman who was caught on an online viral video has been dismissed by Inspector General of Police, IGP Idris Ibrahim, for conducts unbecoming of a law enforcement officer,” a statement on the Twitter page of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) read.
The agency added that; “Inspector Kadima Useni who got drunk at Akowonjo Area of Lagos served at Police Mobile Force Squadron Base 22 Ikeja before his dismissal which would serve as a deterrent to others.”
Meanwhile, the development has led to mixed reactions from residents who took to the RRS page to make comments.
According to Edward Onoriode; “Drunkenness while on uniform is unprofessional & should not be tolerated. I’ve seen too many Policemen and Military men who are drunk on uniform while carrying arms in my short stint as a personnel. I think the Police need to carry out a serious orientation to it’s men.”
He added that; “I doubt if any organization in Nigeria produce more graduates than the Nigeria Police. To me, I think the Problem with the Police is not about the qualification of the Police only but it has to do with poor management, lack of motivation and orientation.”
Another commenter, OG Osakwe said; “Sometimes so many of these policemen go through depression and act out of character. No excuse, but maybe sometime we should send them to a counselor.”
Also commenting, Emmanuel Atoshi said; “It’s unfortunate, I can only imagine what his family will go through in this harsh country. We need such quick dismissals when killings happen, no need for wasteful investigations. I wish the NPF will be reformed very soon. Some drink out of oppression not because they want to.”