By Odey Lukpata.
In response to recent disinformation spread by certain media outlets, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has come forward to vehemently refute the baseless claims, asserting that they are misleading and aimed at deceiving the public and tarnishing the integrity of the Force.
While the NPF does not wish to dignify the unprofessionalism and falsehoods of these media outlets, it has become necessary to correct the misleading news reports that seek to malign the person and integrity of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD., NPM, regarding the Police Annual Sports Levy deduction. The NPF Sports activities are primarily funded by an annual deduction that has been in place for a considerable period of time, having been consolidated in 2003 and reviewed by the Force's management in 2012. It is worth noting that the deduction credited to the Acting IGP was approved months before his appointment.
The attempt to sensationalize this longstanding annual practice and personalize it to the current Inspector-General of Police is not only mischievous but also a disservice to the facts stated above. It is evident that the purveyors of this disinformation are determined to mislead the public by distorting the truth and creating unnecessary mischief. The Force strongly urges the public and media outlets to verify information before spreading baseless claims that aim to tarnish the image of the Nigeria Police Force. Additionally, the Force encourages well-meaning Nigerians to disregard this malicious publication.
By clarifying the situation and urging the public to seek accurate information, the Nigeria Police Force aims to ensure transparency and maintain public trust in its operations.