The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has transferred five of its female officers to Borno, Yobe, Kano and other states as part of discipline for participating in a social media competition known as #Bopdaddy challenge.
The challenge was started by rapper, Falz, to promote his single ‘Bop Daddy’. To join the challenge, participants dance and flip dresses after covering their phone camera.
The five officers are identified as Priscilla Irabor, Catherine Bakura, Blessing Udida, Binti Attabor, and Ockiya Eneni.
Immigration authorities stated that the women would not be given any relocation allowance and must resume at their new duty posts within seven days despite a ban on interstate travel currently in place.
Eneni was moved from the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card Production Facility to the Borno State Command.
Irabor, on the other hand, was transferred from the Lagos State Command to the Nigeria Immigration Training School, Kano, while Attabor was posted from the service headquarters in Abuja to Yobe State Command.
Udida from the FCT Command was sent to the Akwa Ibom State Command while Bakura was transferred from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to the NIS Training School Ahoada, Rivers State.
The NIS had in April issued a disciplinary memo asking the women to explain why they should not be disciplined for allegedly violating the agency’s internal code.
Immigration authorities disapproved of the officers actions and accused them 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.”
However, Assistant Comptroller-General, Iam Haliru, in a new memo dated May 12, 2020, did not state the reason for their transfer.
“Kindly note that the relocation is at no cost to the service and ensure compliance report reaches the Comptroller General of Immigration on or before May 19, 2020,” part of the memo read.
Falz had reached out to the officers to show support following the inquiry by the NIS.