The Nigeria Police Force has frowned against the use and abuse of its uniforms and other accoutrements by those in the entertainment industry.
The force said that henceforth, movie and skit makers who portray the police in a bad light or used its service materials without applying for such will be arrested and prosecuted.
HausaToday understands that the warning is contained in a letter of order from the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
Baba in the statement signed and made available to newsmen by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said.
The statement also decried the illegal sale of police materials and accoutrements by traders in shops, and open stores not approved nor recognized by the police authority.
IGP Baba berated the manner in which “Movie makers and skit makers portray the police institution in their movies and skits, using the police uniform without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise such unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.
“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost Marshals, and X-Squad, to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for, and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.”
Baba assured the citizens of the commitment of the Force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies and skits.
He added that the Force is committed to the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career; and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.
The statement added: “The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.
“It is obvious that this step will surely curb proliferation of police kits, uniforms and accoutrements and eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in our society”.