Police To Prosecute Skit Maker Cute Abiola For Disrespectful Portrayal Of Uniform

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The Nigerian police have announced their decision to prosecute popular skit maker “Cute Abiola,” born Abdulgafar Abiola, for what they term a “derogatory portrayal” of their uniform in a recent social media skit.

Police To Prosecute Skit Maker Cute Abiola For Disrespectful Portrayal Of Uniform
Cute Abiola

The comedian, known for his humorous videos, posted two skits on his Instagram page in which he was seen donning a police uniform and appealing for money.

Expressing their displeasure, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, described the skit maker’s actions as “disrespectful and offensive” towards the force. He further revealed that the police had previously warned skit makers and filmmakers against “desecrating its uniform.”

The statement released on Thursday reads, “In as much as the law grants Nigerians the right to enjoy their fundamental human rights, the same law prohibits an individual, under whatever guise, from rubbishing the police institution or grossly violating its provisions with regards to the use of uniforms.”

“We, therefore, vehemently condemn the contemptuous act displayed by comedian Abdulgafar Abiola, popularly known as “Cute Abiola,” in two recent skits posted on his social media handles on 20th and 24th July 2023.

“The skits in question show a highly disrespectful and derogatory portrayal of the police uniform, an action that is in direct violation of Section 251 of the Criminal Code and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law. Such acts are not only offensive but also undermine the integrity and dignity of the men and women who wear the uniform in service to the nation.

“Abdulgafar Abiola will be investigated and possibly prosecuted for his deliberate acts as the NPF had already warned skit makers and filmmakers to desist from desecrating their uniform or accouterments.

“The Force is committed to upholding the sanctity of the uniform and will pursue due legal process to ensure accountability for any individual or entity that seeks to bring disrepute to the uniform or the institution it represents.

“We call on all members of the public, including media personalities, to exercise their freedom of expression responsibly and avoid engaging in actions that could erode public trust in our revered law enforcement institutions.”

This is not the first time “Cute Abiola” has encountered legal issues concerning his portrayal of uniforms. In 2021, the entertainer was detained for violating the social media policy of the Nigerian Navy.

As the controversy unfolds, Nigerians are closely monitoring the situation to see how the legal proceedings will unfold for the popular skit maker.

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