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ACP didn’t fondle lady’s breast –Police

The Nigeria Police has described the photograph, which
showed a senior police officer in the act of fondling the
breast of an unknown lady, as fake. It said the picture,
which went viral on the Internet, was deliberately
fabricated with the aid of Adobe Photoshop technology
to mislead the public.
The alleged amorous scene, the police authorities
claimed, did not take place and the officer had nothing
to do with the woman.
The police said it arrived at this conclusion after
interrogating the policeman, who was seen in the type
of uniform worn by officers of the rank of Assistant
Commissioner of Police.
On the official Facebook page of the police, the affected
police officer was quoted as saying, “I don’t know this
lady. I never took the picture with her.”
However, the authorities did not name the police officer
nor give the details of the command where he is
serving.
The police said that though it does not forbid its rank
and file to pose with members of the public for
photographs, it would not tolerate any display of
affection for the opposite sex in full public glare.
“An image showing one of our officers in a
compromising position with a lady has gone viral.
Please check the hands in the so-called picture that is
in circulation and you will agree that they were photo-
shopped.
“Other citizens of this country are encouraged to pose
for snapshots with our uniformed officers if they so
desire, just as it is done worldwide. What we discourage
is public display of affection by our uniformed officers,”
it said.
After it appeared online, the controversial photograph
provoked widespread condemnation from many
Nigerians who have described the development as an
act of indiscipline.
Claiming to be policemen, some people wrote on the
police Facebook page that the phot0graph was the
handiwork of mischief makers, who were clearly
determined to drag the name of the security agency in
mud.
They said that no uniformed officer of the rank of ACP
would be so careless as to pose for a photograph in
such a compromising position with a lady.
One Oluwasegun Samuel-Alalade commented on the
wall of the Facebook page. “I know it is not real. Even a
fresh recruit undergoing training at the Police College
will not do such a thing, not to mention a top ranking
officer. The Nigeria Police Force should kindly disregard
the photograph, “ he wrote.
Also Kabiesy Ojeabulu wrote, “Photoshop or no
Photoshop, all I have to say is that the Inspector
General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, should always
investigate issues before taking actions. It appears that
a large section of the general public does not like the
police. So they fabricate anything to tarnish our image.
God help us all.”
Another policeman, Adegbola Olafiyin, stated, “I don’t
know the offence we committed to deserve this from the
public. Imagine here in the state where I am serving,
commercial motorcycle riders will not give you a ride
despite the fact that you have your money. This whole
thing amounts to blackmail.”
But some Nigerians have disagreed with the police
authorities on the status of the controversial
photograph. They insist that it appears more real than
fabricated.
On cknnigeria.com , one Lanre Bewaji wrote: “There are
many angles to this picture. It is obvious the lady took
the picture and the officer consented to it. No matter
how awkward the scenario looks, if the lady was his
wife or fiancée, would there be an issue? Until we know
the real circumstances behind this picture, the matter is
neither here nor there!”
In a tweet to the police, Hyke Ekeanyanwu expressed
doubt that the photograph was faked. He said, “I may
agree that the hand holding the breast was photo-
shopped, but I will not agree that the hand around his
(police officer’s) neck does not belong to the lady.”
Wale Bolanle, also on Facebook, queried,“What do you
want us to believe? What else do you want him to say?
He must surely deny. Is he not a human being?”
Meanwhile, the police authorities may have drawn the
battle line with commercial banks in the country over
the non-payment of the salaries of policemen.
The Force Headquarters wrote on its Facebook and
Twitter handle on Wednesday that then Inspector-
General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, was “angry”
with the banks over the matter.
“IGP MD Abubakar, is angry with bankers over delay in
payment of Police salaries,” the message read.
Lamenting the situation, one Samuel Dogo, wrote, “The
police authorities have allowed the commercial banks to
deal with us the way they want because there is no
proper monitoring. Nobody wants to know whether we
have families and other dependants that are looking up
to us for their upkeep.
“The police has the highest rates of deaths and
causalities among security agencies in the country. In
spite of our tireless efforts to protect the lives and
properties of Nigerians, we are not appreciated. We earn
the least salaries. Yet, we struggle so hard to ensure
that this money is paid at the right time. If I may ask, is
it a curse to be a policeman? I don’t understand. Can
someone help me with a reasonable explanation?”

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