Police officer facing internal inquiry after appearing on Nigerian Big Brother

Police officer facing internal inquiry after appearing on Nigerian Big Brother

Khafi Kareem, the 29-year-old United Kingdom policewoman and housemate in the Big Brother Nigeria reality show is in double trouble with her superiors in the London Metropolitan Police and the New Scotland Yard headquarters.

The off-duty officer has also posted a statement requesting that the UK's Sun newspaper withdraw an article that alleges she faces the sack for having sex with another contestant on the show.

According to The Sun, Kareem joined the force as a PC based at Lambeth station in 2015, having worked part-time as a special constable for four years and suffered the loss of a friend who was stabbed to death at the age of 16. She was also a former bit-part actress and shop assistant.

Last year, Kareem appeared alongside Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, as part of a recruitment drive.

Scotland Yard said it had not granted Ms Kareem's request to appear on the programme and that an internal investigation would be carried out.

She took part in the show anyway after taking unpaid leave for an unrelated reason which has not been revealed.

If that wasn't enough, The Sun came under fire for their recent headline Loin of Duty, which came under criticism by Ms Kareem's management for their portrayal of her as a "poster girl for the Met engaging in steamy-on-romp scenes" during the show with fellow contestant, Ekpata Gedoni.

They also clarified that Ms Kareem had requested the unpaid leave before she asked if she could go on the show.

'Her out-of-office email reply blatantly says that she is away from work, yet no one does anything.

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"She's a serving British police officer - it's outrageous".

Family of Big Brother Naija housemate, Khafi has reacted to threat by United Kingdom police that it will sack Khafi Kareem from duty.

Africa Magic, the TV company behind Big Brother Naija, said that she had joined the show "so that she can do societal good".

Nonetheless, pictures appeared on websites promoting Big Brother Naija: Pepper Dem showing the PC in her uniform while she is billed as a talented dancer and singer.

The 29-year-old officer's management claimed the media house refused to inquire or get her side of the story before publishing the article.

A Met spokesman said: "The Met is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority".

The statement said: "The Met does not support the officer's appearance nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show".

The UK Police Force added that any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings.

A profile of Kareem on the broadcaster's website said she would spend the 30m naira (£68,000) prize money to host a travel show touring Nigeria's "beauty spots" and "invest in charitable causes".

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