The Nigerian Police Force have dismissed Opeyemi Kadiri, a police officer, who was caught on camera assaulting a young man in a Lagos state.
In the footage, a police officer was having an exchange of words with the victim who questioned him about forcibly searching his phone.
A statement released by the Force spokesperson, Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said Opeyemiyi was dismissed after an orderly-room trial at the Nigerian Police Force headquarters in Abuja.
The statement said: “The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed Force No. 509745 Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri attached to Dolphin Divisional Headquarters, Lagos Police Command for gross misconduct, disobedience to lawful order, and assault on a member of the public captured in a viral video on August 3, 2022.
The dismissed officer who, enlisted into the Force on 6th December, 2016, was caught searching a commuter’s phone by the road side contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, to that effect.
He equally assaulted the commuter who attempted to bring the order to his notice. His dismissal takes effect from today the 12th of August, 2022.
The Police hereby calls on officers and men of the Force to maintain professionalism and civility to members of the public in the discharge of their duties in line with extant laws.”
Jozzybrain reported earlier this month that the victim was headed for a photo shoot with friends when police pulled him over and asked to see his phone.
The boy declined handing the phone over to the police officer, but the security personnel then took it by force.
The man start to record the police officer with his second phone while repeating the statement by Inspector General of Police that no officer is meant not to check citizens’ phones.
The officer then got physically violent with him and the officer threatened to smash his phone into pieces.