Two former well-known Nigerian police officers Abayomi Shogunle and Dolapo Badmos were both reprimanded by police authorities for personal misconducts in 2020.
Although narratives on social media intended to show that the sanctioning of these officers and others were an immediate response to the ongoing #EndSARS protests in different cities in Nigeria, a document seen by The Guardian on Saturday shows that they appeared before force disciplinary committee long before the protests broke out last week.
Shogunle was the former head of Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the police. Badmos, a chief superintendent of police, was a spokesperson for the Zone 2 of the police.
The document seen on Saturday shows that both police officers were sanctioned for social media posts they published on their personal social media platforms in 2019.
The case against Shogunle was stated between pages 102 and 104 of the document. The document showed that he was queried on May 2, 2019.
The former PCCRU boss was accused of publishing a Twitter post that was “uncomplimentary” on April 17, 2019, in response to a video of the commander of Rapid Response Squad DCP Jimi Disu, in which Disu addressed men officers in Pidgin.”For now, don’t go and be speaking Queen’s English with them on the road. For proper understanding, talk to them in Pidgin and another way of avoiding kasala,” Shogunle’s tweet read.
The police authorities said the tweet was in violation of the Inspector-General of Police’s circular
Shogunle was accused of refusing to “carry out lawful instruction from a superior officer, discreditable conduct and sabotage and an unbecoming of a public officer.”