The Nigerian police force has warned pranksters and comic actors in Nigeria about the risks they pose to civilians. The police stated that they will not be held responsible if a prankster is shot while handling a real or fake gun. This warning was issued in order to address the increasing use of pranks involving guns by content creators, which causes anxiety and confusion among the public. The police emphasized the need for moderation and warned that those who engage in pranks may face legal consequences. They urged pranksters to consider the potential dangers they are exposing themselves and others to.
The Nigerian police force has issued a stern warning to Nigerian pranksters and comic actors regarding the endangering pranks they portray to civilians.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated that the Police should not be blamed or judged if a prankster is shot down for handling either a real gun or a fake one.
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This is to curb the excessive anxiety that most Nigerian content creators cause to civilians through pranks involving real or fake guns.
Furthermore, it will help police officers differentiate between real criminals and innocent civilians.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi stated:
“This prank situation is getting out of hand, and we need to address it. Those involved in pranks must exercise caution and control their actions. There are certain acts that can result in criminal charges with no leniency from the law. You will face the consequences of your actions.
“You are endangering your own life by carrying guns, regardless of whether they are real or fake. If I were a police officer on duty and I see you with a gun, I wouldn’t know it’s a prank and might even fire my weapon. Don’t blame our officers if they mistake you for a criminal and respond accordingly. Regulate your actions and if you can’t do so, then stop doing pranks.”