A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the reported transfer of Abayomi Shogunle, a controversial officer of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Naija News had reported earlier that Shogunle was transferred from Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial city, to Nkalagu in Ebonyi State, south-east Nigeria.
Though it is unclear why Shogunle was transferred, Naija News, however, understands that the transfer might not be unconnected with his stance towards Nigerians’ complaints about Police brutality and the misbehaviour of some officers in the country.
Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), has over time, made controversial comments on issues bordering on the activities of some police officers in the country with the recent being his comments on police brutality, extortion and alleged rape of some women arrested by policemen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The ACP reminded Nigerians in one of his tweets that “those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes in Abuja that prostitutes don’t pay tax” adding that ‘sex hawking’ “is a crime under the law”.
“Those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes in #Abuja; •Prostitution is a crime under the law •P is a sin under the 2 main religions of FCT residents •Medicine says P is spreading HIV & STD •P is lifeline of violent criminals •P don’t pay tax culture frowns at P,” he had tweeted.
Those making noise on the clampdown on prostitutes in #Abuja;
•Prostitution is a crime under the law
•P is a sin under the 2 main religions of FCT residents
•Medicine says P is spreading HIV & STD
•P is lifeline of violent criminals
•P don’t pay tax
• culture frowns at P.
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) April 30, 2019
Apparently displeased with the statement of the police officer, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to condemn Shogunle, questioning his competence as the head of Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the Lagos State Police Command.
Days after that tweet, reports have filtered in suggesting Shogunle has been transferred to Nkalagu in Ebonyi State.
Moments after the news broke, Nigerians again took to Twitter to express excitement over Shogunle’s transfer.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Yomi Shogunle likes to block people
Yomi Shogunle was transferred to Nkalagu
Nkalagu has huge limestone deposits
Limestone is used for cement
Cement is used to make blocks pic.twitter.com/3PdcTPUZdD
— A. Eric K (@Twickta) May 4, 2019
That it took the Nigerian Police this long to redeploy Yomi Shogunle from the sensitive position he occupied despite his unabashed disrespect for members of the public whose interests he was meant to protect, is indicative of the depth of the rot in the force.
— Nicholas Ibekwe (@nicholasibekwe) May 4, 2019
We might all rejoice at yomi Shogunle's transfer to Nkalagu(and it's a small victory to be celebrated especially if it'll make him shut up) but the truth is public officers need to know that they can loose their jobs when they make statements like that. He should have been fired
— Dr. Anita Mudiaga (@fav_eyedoctor) May 3, 2019
The latest transfer on @twitterng was @YomiShogunle trending since yesterday if am not mistaken.
But, Yomi must know that what goes around comes around like @segalink says has you lay your you laid on it.
Yomi Shogunle should enjoy its new transfer window.
— BALOGUN I. S. (@MFR_BALOGUN) May 4, 2019
Heard Yomi shogunle has been relegated to
Nkalagu, Ebonyi State..
At least he won't have to speak Queens English there..
I feel for the people of Ebonyi state tho…
No State deserves to accommodate him
— The Kingmaker (@SmithVinci) May 3, 2019
It appears the backlash over Yomi Shogunle’s “prostitution tweet” eventually got at the Police authorities. Yomi Shogunle posted to Nkalagu in Ebonyi State. Reassuring to know this new @PoliceNG IGP is monitoring and listening. Our tweets are not in vain! #EndImpunity pic.twitter.com/FqQ4yiIq2r
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) May 4, 2019
News reaching us is that Yomi Shogunle has probably been transferred to Nkalagu.
RT if this makes you happy.
Like if you think he should be sent further to Charanchi.#Nigeria #IronPolls pic.twitter.com/7665jpNfbC
— Iron Polls 非洲民意调查 (@ironpollsafrica) May 3, 2019
Yomi shogunle should carry all the block he has blocked people on twitter to build a 2bedroom flat in Nkalagu and a road block if the community allows it #EndImpunity #ReformPoliceNG #ENDSars
— Prince Adewunmi (@Omobaadewunmi) May 3, 2019
This whole Yomi Shogunle and Nkalagu gist tells you how much Nigerians don't read.
This news started after a post by a TROLL television, using an image that says "create your own new headline."
With no official statement, it is already a viral, genuine news. Lord have mercy.
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) May 4, 2019
We the P: of TwitterNG are proud to trend the good P: of Nkalagu, who will shortly be welcoming P:Yomi Shogunle to the good P: of Ebonyi, traveling over the Niger Bridge like all ordinary P:s, and that many P:s called Amaka welcome him warmly.
Signed: DG of Everything. pic.twitter.com/8VbZwfrEpx
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 4, 2019
But that news of the imbecilic Yomi Shogunle's transfer to Nkalagu is fake. Someone created that picture with a tool and people are running with it. But then, it also shows how disgusting the man really is.
— Charles the 1st (@9jaBloke) May 4, 2019
I'm following Yomi shogunle to Nkalagu…Bye
— Legit Ekiti Boy (@Dreal_kay) May 4, 2019
Am writing a story book in honour of @YomiShogunle so younger generations can read and learn to be civil as a professional. Title: Yomi Shogunle Goes to Nkalagu just like eze goes to school https://t.co/ovlMfWhz1d
— HolusojyWright (@holusoji70) May 3, 2019
Doc, the P:yomi shogunle will be so scared of the P;Nkalagu with this your remarks
— Nurain (@osumaretaiwo2) May 4, 2019
Why is Yomi Shogunle’s transfer being celebrated? I thought we wanted him sacked or something, this celebration makes it seem like we’re happy he’s been transferred elsewhere and his insensitiveness and unprofessionalism is no longer our problem to deal with.
— Part-Time Baby Girl, Part-Time Con Artist (@heylabsss) May 4, 2019
Now that Yomi Shogunle has been sent to Nkalagu in Ebonyi, can he unblock us? In case of any emergency report around that axis. @PoliceNG @segalink
If Yomi blocked you, post a screenshot like this using #YomiUnblockUs. pic.twitter.com/PyL2LUUeVh
— OONI OF ABUJA (@Deji_OoniAbj) May 4, 2019
Please where is Nkalagu?
Yomi Shogunle enjoy your stay bro
— RMO (@rmo_designs) May 4, 2019
So everyone has been using this https://t.co/2uopnyqzmc to create funny memes about several things for months now.
Then someone used the same website to create a meme of Yomi Shogunle being transferred and y'all are lapping seriously at it?
I need to leave this country pic.twitter.com/8WilMpBzZq
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) May 4, 2019
This Yomi Shogunle transfer has not been officially confirmed
And tweeps are trending it
Even Yomi Twitter Profile he hasn't edited it
— Bosses Don't Sleep (@fk149) May 4, 2019
Yomi Shogunle @YomiShogunle used to extort "Yahoo boys" for a living in Yemetu Ibadan. Make e carry me go smh court I go open book for am . https://t.co/qfiO0lRg9o
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) April 30, 2019