BBNaija Housemate, Khafi faces dismissal from UK police after appearing without permission
London, August 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Metropolitan Police officer appearing on the BBNaija, Nigerian version of Big Brother despite being refused permission by her bosses is facing disciplinary action including dismissal
PC Khafilat Kareem, 29, Met Police ‘poster girl’ who once stood alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to promote female and black recruitment, was told not to take part in Nigeria’s Big Brother, the African reality TV show but blatantly ignored the order, a development that has landed her in trouble
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.
According to a leading UK tabloid, The Sun, Ms Khafilat Kareem joined the force as a Pc based at Lambeth station in 2015, having worked part-time as a special constable for four years.
A post on the website of Africa Magic, the television channel which broadcasts Big Brother Naija, says Ms Kareem joined the show “so that she can do societal good”.
It reads: “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.”
The post also reveals Ms Kareem would spend the prize money, reportedly worth 30 million naira (£68,000), on hosting a travel show in Nigeria, as well as investing in charitable causes.
The Met said Ms Kareem was granted unpaid leave for an “unrelated reason” ahead of appearing on the show but her request to take part in the programme was denied.
A spokesman 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 Met is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority.
“The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and will be carrying out an investigation into the circumstances.
“The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show.”
The force added that any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings.
When she was pictured with Ms Dick last year, Khafi told The Guardian: “I didn’t want any career to be off-limits to me because I was a female, or a black female.”
In March, the high-flying recruit was invited to the West End premier of Captain Marvel alongside Deputy Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi.
She revealed at the time she was inspired to join the force after school pal Kodjo Yenga, 16, was murdered by a gang for straying on their turf in Hammersmith in 2007.
She said: “I was devastated and in shock and disbelief. It wasn’t until the media started writing about it and flowers were left at the scene that it really came home to me.”
“I want to make a difference instead of shouting on the sidelines.
“How will racial abuse change if people do not stand up for other cultures? I wanted to be part of the solution.”
In addition to her police work, Khafi tweets and writes travel blog A Cup of Khafi.
Her Twitter account also actively promotes her participation in the Nigerian show.
Asked what she would do with the £50,000 prize money if she won, she made no mention of returning to the Met.
Instead, she told producers: “I will hire a film crew and host a travel show going to every state in Nigeria showcasing the tourist beauty spots. I would also invest in charitable causes.”