Officer who believes ‘you can have it all’ faces inquiry after appearing to have sex on Big Brother

An internal investigation is being carried out into why a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer is taking part in a Big Brother television series after she was refused permission to do so.

Aug 14, 2019
By Website Editor
PC Kareem posing for 100th anniversary of Women in the MPS (left) and on Big Brother Naija with fellow contestant Gedoni

After her request to appear in the Nigerian version of the reality show was turned down by the MPS, Police Constable Khafi Kareem took unpaid leave for an unrelated matter, but the officer has since hit UK tabloid headlines after she allegedly had sex on screen.

Videos and pictures of the sexual activity have appeared on mainstream websites and in the UK’s tabloid newspapers, including The Sun.

The force said its Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and will be carrying out an investigation.

The 29-year-old officer joined the MPS as a regular in 2015 after four years as a special constable and is currently attached to the MPS Transformation Unit. She was pictured alongside MPS Commissioner Cressida Dick as part of celebrations marking 100 years of women in the force.

In her Big Brother Naija profile on the broadcaster’s website, Africa Magic said PC Kareem would spend the 38 million naira (£68,000) prize money on hiring a film crew to host a travel show in Nigeria and on charitable causes if she won the contest.

She also said she the one thing that would make her leave Big Bother Naija would be if she was forced into any sexual activity, yet her explicit relationship with fellow contestant Ekpata Gedoni has gripped audiences.

Her profile says: “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 the 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.”

A statement issued by the MPS said: “The Met does not support the officer’s appearance, nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show.

“All police officers have a duty to behave with professionalism and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute, whether on or off duty. Those who do not behave professionally risk breaching police standards of professional behaviour and may be dealt with by way of misconduct proceedings.”

Responding to The Sun’s coverage, PC Kareem said: “This comes from a repressive culture of shaming and characterising women for their sexual decisions and life choices.”

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