Khafi Kareem faces internal investigation by the MET police for alleged misconduct whilst competiting in the popular Nigerian game show BBN or Big Brother Naija
A police officer is appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother despite bosses refusing her permission.
The Metropolitan Police said it was carrying out an internal investigation after PC Khafi Kareem went on BBN without authority approving of her participation.
A source from Scotland Yard confirmed that Khafi for a different reason had been granted unpaid leave but was not granted permission to be part of the reality TV show back in Nigeria.
Other news outlets reported that she faced been disciplined or sacked after investigations by the MET directorate of Professional Standards.
Khafi began her career as a Part time special Constable for four years then at joined the force at Lambeth. She was inspired to join the police after a dear friend was fatally stabbed to death when she was 16. She worked her way through the ranks with units such as the FGM unit where she spotted and also assisted victims of FGM. It is reported that she moved from the department after an altercation with a fellow colleague
A spokesman for the force said:
“A PC, attached to the Met’s transformation command, requested permission to take part in a reality television entertainment show in Nigeria. Permission was not given.
The force added that:
Any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings.
There was no comment from Khafi initially but later as the story began to gain wider coverage in Britain and across Nigeria, Khafi has been forced to make a statement via management company who issued out a press releaseIn its statement, issued by the host of the show, Africa Magic, said:
Police officer Khafi Kareem believes that you can have it all if you believe in yourself.
She is not only hoping to win the prize money but she wants the exposure that being in Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do societal good.
“What people don’t know about her is that she is secretly talented in spoken word, singing and dancing. She is an Ekiti native who resides in London.”