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Outrage as immigration moves to discipline female officers who took part in social media challenge

Outrage as immigration moves to discipline female officers who took part in social media challenge
April 20
16:27 2020
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The Nigeria Immigration Service is set to discipline three female officers who participated in a social media challenge known as “bopdaddy/don’t rush challenge.”

Participants wore “normal clothes” at the start of the video challenge but they later changed into more elegant attires after the camera of their phones were covered for a while.

Females from different parts of the world partook in the challenge.

In a query by the immigration authorities, the officers were accused of “indecently flaunting your bodies” and desecrating the service “uniform/beret and the use of inappropriate language thereby, sabotaging the values upheld by the service.”

“To state the obvious, your act has caused a lot of embarrassment to the NIS and in line with our standard as a paramilitary organization is considered scandalous and an act unbecoming of an officer and therefore a violation of PSR 030401 and 030402,” Iam Haliru, deputy comptroller-general, said in the query dated April 15.

“This is a serious misconduct liable to dismissal from service. In view of the foregoing, therefore, you are requested to make a representation, if any, within 72 hours on receipt of this letter, why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for violation of the following; PSR 030301 (a)(i) immoral behaviour, PSR 030402(t), PSR 030402(w) any other act unbecoming of a public officer.”

Another memo by deputy comptroller-general, asked the comptrollers of the federal capital territory (FCT), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Lagos state command to release the affected officers so that they would be able to report to the service’s human resource management at the headquarters in Abuja.

“They are to report to the office of the assistant comptroller-general in charge of human resource management at the service headquarters,” Haliru said in another memo dated April 14.

When contacted by TheCable, Sunday James, immigration spokesman, said he is not aware of any query issued to officers who participated in the challenge.

But there has been an outrage on social media. Some Twitter users faulted the action of the immigration, saying there are more important issues to tackle, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  1. Lewisuno
    Lewisuno April 21, 06:59

    Hmmmmmm, I don’t see anything indecent here. This is just outright victimization.
    Was it not a Police officer who took part in Big Brothers Family?
    I don’t watch the program, so don’t know her name.

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