The Imo State Police Commissioner Muhammed Barde yesterday arrested an Inspector seen in a viral video slapping a motorist along the road in Owerri, the state capital.

The assault had sparked outrage from the public and, responding, Barde ordered that the officer be identified.

The Nation learnt that the unnamed officer was then taken into custody for an orderly room trial.


The CP, in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Henry Okoye, condemned the unprofessional behaviour of the police personnel.

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The statement read ”The attention of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video with a caption; ‘Nigeria Police can Never be Your Friend Especially the Ones in Owerri’, where a Police Inspector alleged to be serving in Imo State was seen forcibly removing the cap of a young man and slapping him severally on his face.

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“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Muhammed Ahmed Barde condemns this irritating act in totality as it highly contradicts the professional ethics and code of conduct of the Force.

“The Nigeria Police Force is a highly disciplined organization and will never tolerate the misconduct of the officer seen in the video.


“To this effect, the CP has mandated his Monitoring Team to investigate and identify the officer for necessary disciplinary action. More so, the victim is encouraged to call the PPRO Imo on 08148024755 or come to the Police Public Relations Department Owerri and make his complaint.”

Shortly after, the police spokesman announced that the inspector had been arrested.

The police spokesman said: “The recalcitrant Inspector has been identified; he is currently undergoing orderly room trial after which necessary disciplinary action will be taken against him.”