Met PC on Nigerian Big Brother 'without permission'

PC Khafi Kareem

PC Khafi Kareem

Khafi, now in the Big Brother reality TV show, became popular with viewers for her relationship and sexual activities with another housemate, Gedoni.

The programme follows the same format as the British version of the show, in which contestants live in an isolated house with cameras watching them.

The Met said Ms Kareem had been granted unpaid leave ahead of appearing on the show, but her request to take part in the programme was denied.

Kareem was featured as part of the London Metropolitan Police's publicity campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first female police officers in the capital.

But now it seems that career could be in jeopardy as Scotland Yard confirmed in a statement that it would be carrying out an investigation into her conduct and the case had been referred to the force's internal watchdog the Directorate of Professional Standards.

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

Her representative demanded a retraction and apology within 48 hours, threatening to take legal action if nothing was done.

"She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway".

In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Kareem described her as "a proud black female police officer who prides herself in her work" and accused the Sun, which broke the story, of a "brazenly sensational and defamatory outburst".

In a statement released on her official Instagram handle on Tuesday, the management wrote, "Khafi is a proud black female officer who prides herself in her work and has dedicated her youthful years protecting and serving with her many skills which include the ability to speak at least five worldwide languages".

"The footage, now trending, showed the lovebirds moving their bodies in ecstasy under the sheets". Another Met source told the Sun: 'There should be no way back for her from this and her superiors will have to act.

"The Met does not support the officer's appearance nor does she represent the Met while appearing on the show".

The force said all officers had a duty to behave professionally, whether on or off duty.

She told the website she wanted to join the police after her friend was murdered in 2007, for straying into another gang's territory in Hammersmith.

In March, the high-flying recruit was invited to the West End premier of Captain Marvel alongside Deputy Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi. "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 wanted to be part of the solution".