It is absurd, according to Muyiwa Adejobi, the public relations officer for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), for Nigerians to think that police officers cannot afford pricey phones.
On Saturday, Adejobi stated in response to an inquiry on his X handle that internet users should be “straight and be objective” while inquiring about the source of pay for police officers.
Adejobi shared a photo of David Victoria, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and secretary to the inspector general of police (IGP), on Friday. Victoria is seen carrying what looks to be a Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and a watch with the logo “Diamond” on it.
“We have beautiful and intelligent ones in the force. This is DSP David Victoria, secretary to the IGP. Happy weekend. Ire o,” Adejobi wrote.
Netizens, who reacted to the post, asked for a disclosure of the officer’s salary that could afford a cellphone worth N1 million.
An X user also requested that Victoria’s account statement be printed out to track her cash inflow claiming her salary cannot afford such an expensive gadget.
“Her cellphone, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, is worth over a million naira. I don’t wanna talk about her wristwatch, which is also not cheap. Where did she get the money from, and how much is her monthly salary that she was able to afford all that?” the social media user wrote.
In response, Adejobi said police officers are not paupers, while he asked the X user to withdraw his statement.
“Police officers are not paupers. Withdraw your statement. It’s ridiculous to us to say a DSP can’t use Samsung fold 2…. you need to reason straight and be objective. Do you know what it is to be a DSP?” Adejobi said.
Checks by MDB showed that a 256GB Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 price ranges from ₦700,000 – ₦750,000 based on location. Also, for a 512GB Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, the price ranges from ₦800,000 – ₦850,000.