…As Nigerian twitter users unfollow, report Shogunle’s handle
By Anthony Ogbonna
Trending on social media is the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Yomi Shogunle, who is under fire for his twitter comment which Nigerian users of the micro-blogging site, twitter, have said undermines the #EndSARS campaign.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Yomi Shogunle
Nigerian twitter user have continued to unfollow Shogunle’s handle and have also launched a report campaign, calling on the Twitter company to yank down Shogunle’s handle.
The #EndSARS campaign which was launched by aggrieved Nigerians is advocating the end of the Special anti-robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian Police over the unit’s alleged brutality against innocent Nigerians.
Many victims of the alleged brutality of SARS have shared their ordeals through the campaign. Some Senators, including the former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, had joined their voices to condemn the alleged brutality of the Police SARS unit.
However, in a tweet that has irked Nigerians who believe their sensibilities have been insulted, the ACP, Yomi Shogunle, seems to have tried to play down the campaign and by extension, the brutality of the police unit against Nigerians.
Below is Shogunle’s tweet: “
Yes REAL #PoliceBrutality is not a joke hence the establishment of @PoliceNG_PCRRU in Nigeria 🇳🇬.
Check PCRRU TL for actions/ sanctions in respect of some reported cases.
The hashtag #EndSARS is just a ploy to get attention, feel free to join the game. https://t.co/da7zFzmau8
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) 26 July 2018
He also twitted a video showing the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, express exclamation over the #EndSARS campaign, saying people should be careful about the clamour.
Inspector-General of Police on #EndSARS:
SARS is a unit of @PoliceNG that I believe should be sustained, they are doing a very wonderful job. – IGP Ibrahim Idris #IGPIdris.@PoliceNG_PCRRU
Source: oak TV. pic.twitter.com/UawwhU1JZS
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) 27 July 2018
Shogunle also tweeted, mocking the #EndSars movement saying,” ‘186 million Retweets to #EndSARS. Oya let’s go!’.”
However, in response to his tweet mocking the campaign, Nigerian rapper Ycee tweeted, “You’re a hot pile of trash I pray God blesses you with long life to see an effective Nigerian police force without the likes of officers like you sir.”
Meanwhile, many other Nigerians on twitter are calling on Twitter company to block Shogunle’s handle over what they termed alleged violation of the micro-blogging site’s policy on hate speech and related matters.
Below are some of their tweets:
We’ve joined our voice to the recklessness of Yomi Shogunle and we are calling on TWITTER to shut @yomishogunle handle down. @segalink
Twitter, Inc: TWITTER TAKE ABAYOMI SHOGUNLE’S TWITTER ACCOUNT @YomiShogunle DOWN. – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/foQbm4V1Q0 via @Change
— RescueNigeriaTeam (@RescueNG) 27 July 2018
I have reported Yomi Shogunle.. Have you? @segalink
— 14/05/…. (@Mr_Gbon) 27 July 2018
Rather than exchange words with YOMI SHOGUNLE I’ve chosen to report his account, if twitter gets 3 more, his account will be suspended pic.twitter.com/ciNcN6FyHi
— FILMMAKER🇳🇬 (@DirectorSolomon) 27 July 2018
Good Nigerians, by 9am this morning we are launching the campaign to report Yomi Shogunle’s handle, He can’t do the rubbish he is doing with the police official Twitter handle.
— Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) 27 July 2018
Sincerely it shouldn’t stop at just reporting Yomi Shogunle on twitter alone, if there’s a petition we can sign against him that can rid him of his post which gives him the chance to berate, mock, and laugh at us for the misery #SARS has been constantly putting us in
— King Of Ikorodu (@OtunbaBillz) 27 July 2018
What has really emboldened Yomi Shogunle is government’s indifference about the SARS menace.
— Mr Folarin (@Folarinfotos) 26 July 2018
You can actually report Yomi Shogunle account rather curse out at him. By the time many users report him as being abusive and offensive, he’ll be yanked of here. Teach this people you have power, stop bickering.
— Pakuma (@ThePakuma) 26 July 2018
— Ray (@raysmart_) 27 July 2018
I have reported the unscrupulous Yomi Shogunle today. His condescending and insensitive tweets towards the Nigerian youths he should hold in high esteem are getting unbearable. @segalink@citizen_gavel@YemieFASHpic.twitter.com/ap614xdoF0
— Tomide (@MrTomide) 27 July 2018
In a sane society, Ancestor Yomi Shogunle @YomiShogunle ought to have been sacked and jailed for Intimidation, Harassment long before now. You can’t intimidate the masses and go Scot free! Very soon, we will laugh last.
— Bolanle. C 🇳🇬✏🔖 (@bolanle_cole) 27 July 2018
Sometimes i wish this yomi shogunle can just walk around without escort, we want to tell him something
— 🌟Akanbî (@Iam_mayorkush) 21 July 2018
I can’t wait for the day I’ll open my twitter, and see, “Just in: Yomi Shogunle sacked, SARS disbanded”. Soon. Amen.
— Ntunkae Ugo (@AdaOhafia) 21 July 2018
Days ago, Yomi Shogunle excused Nigeria Police brutality by referencing a Ghanaian officer who beat a woman in a bank.
Is he aware the police officer has been punished, and the Ghanaian President gave a speech to support the punishment?
Yomi is a real-life idiot.
— – jeffrudeen (@VillageParrot) 22 July 2018
They uproar got to the peak of the hierarchy.
No “cover up” .
There’s was no media costuming.
They received it and acted immediately, not minding where the complaint is coming from.
— #EndSARS Prayer Warrior. (@salamShuaib1) 20 July 2018
Have you report Yomi Shogunle for being abusive and hateful.
I have done mine, have you done yours? pic.twitter.com/srvg3fAw12
— Your Crush (@Just_praiz) 27 July 2018
To be honest, Yomi Shogunle isn’t the real problem. The real problem is the 43.3k people following him. Y’all wouldn’t need to even report his account if he had just a few hundred followers. #JustSaying
— Daniel Iyam✒ (@danieliyam) 27 July 2018
I also played my part in reporting the bandit – Yomi Shogunle pic.twitter.com/fnz8RCHGvk
— …Just Segun… (@Omoakinspeaks) 27 July 2018