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Nigeria Immigration Service Suspends Redeployment Of Five Female Officers Who Participated In Viral Video Challenge

Valentine Chinyem

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Nigeria Immigration Service has suspended the proposed redeployment of five female officers punished for participating in a viral social media video challenge initiated by popular Nigerian musician, Falz.

The women, Priscilla Irabor, Catherine J. Bakura, Blessing Alfred Udida, Binti I. Attabor and Ockiya Eneni, had recorded themselves transforming from their uniforms to a wide range of outfits while participating in the challenge.

Recall that the NIS in a memo had asked the women to explain why they should not be punished for violating the internal code of the agency.

The agency as a way of punishment to the ladies, redeployed them to different states across the country.

However, in a series of tweets on Friday, the NIS said the Comptroller General of the agency, Muhammad Babandede, had decided to suspend the deployment after his attention was drawn to the matter.

It reads, “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.”