Veteran actress, Shan George, has condemned recent disciplinary actions taken by the Nigerian Police Force of outrightly dismissing Policemen found guilty of misconduct.

George stated this in a video posted to her Instagram @Shangeorgefilms in reaction to the dismissal of police officer, Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri, attached to Dolphin Divisional Headquarters, Lagos Police Command.

Shan George weighing in on dismissing policemen for misconduct

Corporal Kadiri was dismissed for gross misconduct, disobedience to lawful order, and assault on a member of the public, which was captured in a now viral video on August 3, 2022.

Kadiri, with Force No. 509745, who is said to have enlisted to the Force in December, 2016, was seen searching a civilian’s phone by the roadside, contravening the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba. The dismissed officer also assaulted the civilian who attempted to bring the IG’s order to his notice.

Announcing his dismissal in a statement, the Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said his dismissal takes effect from 12 August, 2022, and charged men of the force to maintain professionalism and civility to members of the public in discharging their duties in line with extant laws.

Veteran Nollywood actress, Shan George

On the other hand, Shan George frowned at the move, stating that dismissal, as punishment for misconduct, is too heavy;

As Long As They Didn’t Kill Anyone. Suspend Them, Demote Them, Cut down their Salary Re Re-orientate Them, But Don’t Dismiss Police Men. Nigerian Police, Nigerian government stop dismissing policemen.”

Not stopping there, Ms. George suggested other means of punishment which will serve as a lesson for others who would want to tread same paths. In her opinion, outright dismissal will send them back into the society as jobless individuals who will further increase the number of unemployed persons in the society.

Story: Hilda Katu

Media: @shangeorgefilms/Instagram