Nigerian Twitter Bash ACP Yomi Shogunle Over Insensitive Comment
The #EndSARS Campaign has been ongoing for some time with protests held in different parts of the country such as Lagos and Abuja. The campaign is an expression of citizen’s frustration without galvanised action.
The issue of police brutality and criminality predate SARS has taken a toll as many Nigerian youths are harassed each day by these operatives whose duty is to serve and protect the masses but the reverse seems to be the order of the day.
An average Nigerian teenager or youth moves about in fear as at least five “alleged” reports come in daily concerning SARS harassment and bullying. With foreign news sites like CNN and BBC weighing in on the topic, it would seem as though the bad has overweighed the good of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Amidst the ongoing social media #EndSARS campaign, where citizens have shared their SARS and Nigerian Police brutality and harassment experiences, the response of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yomi Shogunle, has often been described as inconsiderate to the struggles of the average Nigerian youth.
In a recent tweet, a twitter handler @KAAKAKI3 tweeted at the ASP:
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) June 12, 2018
This tweet is characteristic of the head of The Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Nigeria Police Force who has been severally accused of responding unfairly to the complaints of Nigerians.
As such, Nigerians have reacted to the tweet:
Yomi Shogunle is a reflection of Nigeria Police Force.
Yomi Shogunle is one of the major reasons "Police is your friend" phrase is nothing but a big LIE.
— #OtunbaAsiwaju (@AsiwajuOladimej) June 11, 2018
Take a very good look at Yomi Shogunle. I mean take a look to how he relates with people online, how he tackle issues, how he responds to enquires & complaints from the public.
Then you will understand why Nigerian Police is the way it is and will remain the worst in the World.
— Ayo FBI (@PureMind__) June 12, 2018
Oga Yomi Shogunle Is the online version of SARS.
— Osas Cruz (@OsasCruz) June 12, 2018
— The Babatunde Beacon (@BabatundeBeacon) June 12, 2018
If not for greed and corruption in high places, Yomi Shogunle and even IG shouldn't be at the post they are today. Somebody like Yomi Shogunle whose record at Mokola Ibadan as DPO is still stinking will do everything humanly possible to sabotage the #EndSARS campaign.
— Opeyemi Babalola (@CACCOT1) June 7, 2018