Following the redeployment of five female Nigerian Immigration Service officers as a punishment for partaking in the online video challenge “BobDaddyChallenge” initiated by singer, Falz, the authorities of the NIS has however suspended the redeployment.
Recall that in April this year, we shared the story of how the ladies identified as Priscilla Irabor, Catherine J. Bakura, Blessing Alfred Udida, Binti I. Attabor, and Ockiya Eneni, were issued a query for participating in the challenge in their uniforms. In the query letter, the ladies were accused of flaunting their bodies and desecrating the NIS uniform in the video. Read here.
The agency as a way of ”punishment” to the ladies, transferred them to different states across the country.
Nigerians took to social media to slam the agency for this move.
However in a series of tweets today, the NIS said the Comptroller General of the agency, Muhammad Babandede, has decided to suspend the deployment after his attention was drawn to the matter.
“The attention of the Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, has been drawn to some trending matters on some social media platforms regarding the deployment of some of our personnel to some formations across the country.
It is important to note that staff deployment remains a vital practice of regimented organisation such as ours and should be seen as such. As an agency, we maintain zero tolerance to any matters bordering on offences against discipline among members of our workforce irrespective of gender.
We have high premium for staff development and indeed encourage personal efforts but that must be within the confines of our rules and regulations.
The matter involving the personnel in question is still being investigated and therefore, the Comptroller General has directed that the earlier posting order be put on hold pending the conclusion of the investigation.” the statement read
Falz also wrote to the Immigration service over the suspension of the ladies. He appealed for a reconsideration of the redeployment. See a copy of the letter below;