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Police clears the air on maltreatment of man in viral video

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The Nigeria Police Force said on Monday a video in circulation showing a security officer torturing a man did not happen in the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, however, said the maltreatment of the man by the security personnel was a clear violation of his rights, dignity, and freedom.

According to him, the security officer was seen in the video stamping his feet on the neck and head of a man lying helplessly on the floor.

The spokesman added that the force had fact-checked and discovered that the incident did not take place anywhere or at any time in Nigeria.

Mba said: “A critical look at the video indicates that the vehicles on the scene are neither common vehicles used in Nigeria nor are the number plates of Nigerian patterns.

“The man in uniform looks like a private security guard that can be found anywhere; he is certainly not a personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.

“Also, the background language in the video is not any of the known Nigerian languages.”

He urged Nigerians to discountenance the video, adding that it was a clear mischief orchestrated to stir up ill-feelings toward security agencies in the country.

He reiterated the commitment of the police to respect and uphold the rights of all Nigerians.

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