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Dating PC ‘who had sex’ while appearing on Nigerian Big Brother without permission keeps job

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A Metropolitan Police constable has kept his job despite appearing on the Nigerian version of Big Brother without permission.

PC Khafilat Kareem, who was working, had been given unpaid leave but her bosses denied her permission to appear on the show, saying it was ‘not in her best interests’ or that she was obliged to participate .

Despite this, PC Kareem, who had been based at Lambeth Police Station since 2015, left the country to take part and took her work laptop with her which she then gave to the show’s producers.

While in the house, she struck up a relationship with Ekpata Gedoni and allegedly had sex with him on the show. The couple have since married.

A misconduct hearing convened to determine her future found she had committed serious misconduct, but stopped short of firing her, instead giving her a final written warning.

The officer (pictured) was a poster for the Met as they celebrated 100 years of female contribution to the force

The officer (pictured with Mr Gedoni on the reality show) received a final written warning at a misconduct hearing for his actions

The officer (pictured with Mr Gedoni on the reality show) received a final written warning at a misconduct hearing for his actions

The panel, led by a legal independent chairman, ruled that PC Kareem breached standards of professional behavior in relation to ‘orders and instructions’ and ‘dishonorable conduct’.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Day said: ‘Permission has been denied for PC Kareem to appear on the Nigerian version of Big Brother as it was felt that it was not in the best interests of her or the Metropolitan Police Department to participate.

“Despite this refusal, she still went to the show.

“A detailed investigation has been carried out by the Met’s Professional Standards Branch, which has concluded that PC Kareem should be subject to serious misconduct proceedings.

PC Kareem pictured in his uniform

PC Kareem pictured with Mr. Gedoni

Kareem, pictured left, in her police uniform and pictured right, with Mr Gedoni on the show. The couple have since married

“Being a police officer means you have to meet standards of professional behavior.

“PC Kareem’s behavior has clearly fallen short and she has been given a final written warning.”

In June 2019, PC Kareem applied for unpaid leave to appear on the show and was warned against appearing by her bosses.

They accepted her request for unpaid leave, however, and soon after she left the UK and took her work laptop with her without permission.

She participated in the show in July 2019 and handed over her laptop to the show’s organizers.

PC Kareem (pictured left) was forcibly barred from appearing on the reality show

PC Kareem (pictured left) was forcibly barred from appearing on the reality show

The British police officer (pictured on the reality TV show kissing her future husband Ekpata Gedoni) was at risk of being sacked for his actions

The British police officer (pictured on the reality TV show kissing her future husband Ekpata Gedoni) was at risk of being sacked for his actions

The panel found this violation of professional standards, relating to the laptop, proven to be misconduct.

While on the show, the agent struck up a relationship with fellow countryman Gedoni Ekpata, who later became her fiancé.

The public were caught up in their affair, the couple reportedly had sex on the show, while colleagues feared it would tarnish the reputation of the Metropolitan Police.

After the report in The Sun, she took to Instagram to slam the article, while calling for votes.

She urged people to support ‘TEAMKHAFI’ and shared a link to vote through and shared a statement from the show’s management which described her as ‘a proud black police officer’ as she warned that legal action was considered.

Miss Kareem (pictured) started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable

Miss Kareem (pictured) started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable

The reality star shared a message urging people to vote for her on the show in June, July and August 2019

The reality star shared a message urging people to vote for her on the show in June, July and August 2019

The officer was used as a ‘poster girl’ for the Met, posing alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to encourage recruitment of blacks and women and celebrate 100 years of women in the force.

A colleague told The Sun: ‘She’s a British policewoman on duty – it’s outrageous.’ She asked for permission to go on the show but, when her request was denied, she went anyway.

“Her out of office email response blatantly indicates that she is out of work, but no one is doing anything.

“Other officers working with her are furious that she could simply disobey orders and then leave Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”

Miss Kareem started as PC at Lambeth Station in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable.

The Met Police officer (pictured on the show) allegedly had sex while on the reality show without permission

The Met Police officer (pictured on the show) allegedly had sex while on the reality show without permission

Khafi Kareem (pictured with Mr Gedoni) was a Met poster and was allowed to keep his job

Khafi Kareem (pictured with Mr Gedoni) was a Met poster and was allowed to keep his job

The officer, who spoke out against the stop and search, joined after a 16-year-old friend was stabbed to death.

The PC worked as a lookout at airports, looking for possible victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

She also acted as a translator as she speaks French, Italian and her native Yoruba.

Publicity material for the program showed Miss Kareem in her uniform, calling her a talented singer and dancer.

The material said of Miss Kareem: “Police Officer Khafi Kareem believes you can have it all if you believe in yourself.

“She not only hopes to win the prize money, but she wants the visibility that being at Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do good for society.”

Her romance with Mr. Gedoni captivated viewers of the show.

Pictured: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (front and centre) with PC Kareem stood behind her to her immediate right as the Met celebrated 100 years of women working in the force in November last year

Pictured: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (front and centre) with PC Kareem stood behind her to her immediate right as the Met celebrated 100 years of women working in the force in November last year

Nigerian news sites have published images of PC Kareem and her future husband appearing to be in an act of Congress (pictured) under the sheets

Nigerian news sites have published images of PC Kareem and her future husband appearing to be in an act of Congress (pictured) under the sheets

Nigerian news sites posted images of the couple appearing to be in an act of Congress under the sheets.

One post read: “There are now fears that Khafi will leave Big Brother Naija House pregnant as she and her love interest Gedoni continue their steamy romance.” Cameras captured them for the third time overnight as other housemates were asleep.

“The images, now in fashion, showed the lovebirds moving their bodies in ecstasy under the sheets.

Metropolitan Police PC Khafi Kareem, 29, has been warned not to take part in the Nigerian Big Brother

Metropolitan Police PC Khafi Kareem, 29, has been warned not to take part in the Nigerian Big Brother

“Gedoni and Khafi first fought in the house on Saturday July 20 and then again on Tuesday July 23.”

His participation did not impress his fellow officers. Another Met source told The Sun: ‘There should be no way back for her and her superiors will have to act.’

“She fit the mold perfectly for how the modern force wants to portray itself, but seems to have grown a little too big for her boots.

“It’s hard to see how she can say she didn’t discredit the force.”

A Met spokesperson said at the time: “The Met does not endorse the appearance of the officer or represent the Met in his appearance on the show.

“All officers have a duty to conduct themselves professionally and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute, whether on duty or not.

“Those who do not behave in a professional manner risk breaching police standards of professional behavior and may be subject to misconduct proceedings.”