The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has disowned a trending video that shows a man dressed as a policeman stamping on the neck of a civilian.
In the video shared by @NigeriaDream, the ‘policeman’, dressed in a blue shirt and black trousers, is seen standing on the back of the civilian lying on his stomach on the road with one leg pressing down his neck.
But in a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, on Monday, Adamu said fact-checking on the video showed it was not in Nigeria.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a viral video credited to “@NigeriaDream”, showing a security officer meting out inhuman treatment to a man in clear violation of his rights, dignity and freedom.
“In the video, the security officer was seen stamping his feet on the neck and head of a man lying helplessly on the floor. The Force condemns the act.
“It has however painstakingly fact-checked and examined the video and hereby states that the incident did not take place anywhere or at any time in Nigeria.
“A critical look at the video indicates that – the vehicles on the scene are neither common vehicles used in Nigeria nor are the number plates of Nigerian pattern; Although the man in uniform looks like a private security guard that can be found anywhere, he is certainly not a personnel of the Nigeria Police Force. Also, the background language in the video is not any of the known Nigerian languages.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni calls on citizens to discountenance the video as a clear mischief ostensibly orchestrated to stir up ill-feelings towards security agencies in Nigeria. He assures of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to always respect and uphold the rights of the citizenry.”