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Cute Abiola to face possible prosecution for police uniform use in skit



…lawyer says uniform use not illegal

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has sounded off that the use of police uniforms by skit maker, Abdulgafar Ahmad, aka Cute Abiola, for entertainment is not unlawful.

The Force Public Relations Officer(PRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had on Thursday, declared that the comedian would be prosecuted for infringing on the provisions of the law “with regards to the use of uniforms”.

But the human rights lawyer in a statement on Friday disagreed with the police spokesman, saying “Entertainers use military and police uniforms globally for their art and craft”.

“Using ‘police uniform’ in a skit for entertainment cannot by itself bring contempt on that uniform.

“In any event, if what’s demonstrated in the skit is a true reflection of what the police are known for, you will have a hard time proving this case.

According to Effiong, the skit maker may want to call up to 1000 witnesses to testify that the skit is a true reflection of the police mode of operation and therefore not contemptuous.

He advised Adejobi that the case may end up exposing the police to further public ridicule and judicial rebuke, adding that the police force should rather use the energy in pursuing such a case on eradicating corruption within the system.

“By the way, the said offense is a simple offense with a punishment of only three months imprisonment or a fine of forty Naira.

“If the Magistrate Court even agrees with your argument, a fine may be imposed and I don’t see how a forty Naira fine on Cute Abiola will improve the revenue of the police or the federal government.

“Rather than dissipate your energy trying to fight skit makers for depicting the police in a way you’re not comfortable with, you should use that energy to curtail the menace, lawlessness, and wanton corruption of policemen whose endless abuse of power is what has brought the uniform and the Force into contempt.

“By the way, you will have to define what constitutes a “police uniform” as provided for by law, and also prove beyond reasonable doubt that what Cute Abiola wore in the skit is a police uniform. It is not as simple as ABC. Law is not a joke. Criminal Litigation is not a skit.”

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