The Nigerian Navy has said that naval official and skit maker Abdulgafar Ahmad, aka Cute Abiola, would be punished for posting a video of himself in military uniform on social media, a deed which violates the armed forces’ social media policy.
Navy spokesperson, Commodore Suleiman Dahun, disclosed this in an interview with Punch’s Saturday Beats.
According to Dahun, “There is an armed forces social media policy that was promulgated by the defense headquarters, and its principal regulation is that military personnel should not post photos or videos of themselves in uniform while engaging in personal or official activities. Military personnel are also not allowed to make comments or share official military decisions, activities or operations on social media. They are also not allowed to forward materials on social media. Copies of the policy are available with the Director of Defense Information. It is not a restricted document, so it can be made available to anyone who needs it.”
Speaking further, Dahun said that Abiola would get his due punishment which will be a ‘light one’.
“He would get his due punishment, (which would be) a light one, not something hard. We recognise that he is an entertainer and he could even be given an opportunity to showcase his talent during (social) events of the Nigerian Navy or the Armed Forces. There are two major reasons we are uncomfortable with our personnel exhibiting themselves on social media, and one of them is for their personal safety and security, ” he said in parts.
It will be recalled that the skit maker was declared missing on November 17, by his colleague Mr Macaroni who questioned the Navy over his disappearance.