Police officer facing internal inquiry after appearing on Nigerian Big Brother
Khafi Kareem was denied permission to appear on the reality TV show.
A Metropolitan Police officer is appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother despite being refused permission by her bosses.
Khafi Kareem, 29, who was pictured alongside Commissioner Cressida Dick as the Met celebrated 100 years of women in the force last November, is one of the stars of the African reality TV show.
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 the Sun, Ms Kareem joined the force as a Pc based at Lambeth station in 2015, having worked part-time as a special constable for four years.
An unnamed colleague told the newspaper: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous. She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway.”
When Ms Kareem stood for photos with the Met Commissioner last year, she said she did not want her background to interfere with her career.
She told the Guardian: “I didn’t want any career to be off-limits to me because I was a female, or a black female.
“I figured it’s best to change things from the inside out.
“Instead of just shouting, complaining about things, it’s better to do something about it.”
The Pc was also invited to the premiere of a Marvel blockbuster in February to commemorate the centenary of women in the Met.
She attended the Leicester Square screening of Captain Marvel alongside Lucy D’Orsi, deputy assistant commissioner in specialist operations, and Kinga Cieslak, a fellow constable.
Accompanied by PCs Khafi Kareem & Kinga Cieslak @LucyDorsiMPS said "I’m honoured to represent female officers at this monumental event. We owe it to the pioneering women of our past for securing female heroes within the Met" #100YearsStrong #CaptainMarvel @MarvelUK pic.twitter.com/W2OQ6Bo5wP— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 27, 2019
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.”
Only your Votes can keep Khafi in the #BBNaija House. Voting closes on Thursday night. Vote now!— Big Brother Naija (@BBNaija) August 12, 2019
The post also reveals that 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 end date for the current series of Big Brother Naija, which started on June 30, has not been announced, but previous series have lasted around three months.
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.