The Spy officers were captured by the Inspector-General of Police in a video posted by one of the officers in a viral video on August 3, 2022.
Against the backdrop of the increasing rate of human rights abuses associated with abuse of police uniforms, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has issued a strict warning on the illegal and unwarranted use of Police uniforms restricted to bonafide serving officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
Towards this end, the IGP has ordered the suspension of two Supernumerary Police (SPY) Officers, with immediate effect, for breach of the provisions of the Police Act, 2020, and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY) 2013.
Force Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement said the Supernumerary Police, by the combined effects of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY),2013 was established solely to complement the services of regular Police Officers when needed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies/Multi-National Companies, and Banks who make requests and upon approval, pay for their training and cover their emoluments for the period of their engagement. (Sections 21-24 of the Police Act, 2020).
Adejobi said It is equally important to mention that in line with Section 25 (2) (3) of the Police Act, 2020 and the Nigeria Police Guidelines for Recruitment/Promotion/Discipline of Supernumerary Police (SPY), 2013 issued by the Inspector-General of Police (Guidelines for SPYs), the mode of dressing of SPY police mandates its SPY officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police not to wear uniforms.
“Similarly, extant laws delineate the Supernumerary uniform. It states that they must be on their approved uniform, ash coloured shirt with “SPY” inscriptions all over, over black with shoulder badge carrying the word “SUPERNUMERARY”.
“Supernumerary Officers adorning police black, neon blue or camouflage uniforms run afoul of the law and would be adequately sanctioned[carousel_slide id='8496']