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Bop Daddy Challenge: Immigration Boss snubbed my attempt to save punished officers – Falz

Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has written the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration, Muhammed Babandede on his alleged posting of five immigration officers to remote areas as punishment for participating in the Bop Daddy Challenge.

In April, NIS issued a query to the ladies,  saying their participation in the challenge had caused the organisation “a lot of embarrassment.”

The challenge, a sensation on social media during a coronavirus-induced lockdown across Nigeria, is one in which ladies flaunt different glowing images of themselves thanks to smartphone enabled high resolution photography and editing.

‘Bop Daddy’ is the latest offering from rapper Falz. It features Ms. Banks.

CANDIIDONLINE gathered that following their appearance in the viral #BopDaddy video,  Priscilla Irabor, Catherine J. Bakura, Blessing Alfred Udida, Binti I. Attabor and Ockiya Eneni have now been posted to states where insurgency and banditry are rife.

The officers were however given just 7 days to report at their new places of assignment.

Falz in his letter dated May 15, 2020 and titled ‘PUNITIVE POSTING OF THE FIVE IMMIGRATION OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE ONLINE VIRAL VIDEO FOR THE BOP DADDY CHALLENGE’ pleaded that the immigration boss reconsider the punishment being imposed on the officers who innocently took part in the challenge.

“As a terribly concerned citizen, I am writing to you a second time as my initial attempt to reach you via text/WhatsApp was met with no response. It is pertinent to note that:

“1. The Public Service Rules which guide the operations of the Immigration Service state that any senior officer seeking to be posted or transferred must submit an application for such transfer listing his or her reasons for desiring such transfer. (Chapter 2 Rule 020503)

“2. The Public Service Rules also state that ‘Officers on posting, transfer or an assumption of duty on new appointment at their new station, different from their city/town of domicile shall be entitled to transport fare for self… In addition, they shall be eligible for hotel accommodation for the first 28 days or an allowance for the first 28 days in lieu of hotel accommodation . (Chapter 13 Rule 130105)

“3. Had the postings been in order. the seven day time frame accorded the officers would have been an impossible one as inter state travel is currently prohibited.

“In the light of the above, I respectfully request that you further reconsider the decision to post these officers.

“It is important that we continue to breed a strong sense of solidarity particularly during these trying times.

“Hopefully, we can defeat this pandemic together. Thank you.” he wrote.

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