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Nigerian Chief Superintendent Dolapo Badmos tells gays to leave a country or face prosecution. A popular Nigerian police chief has warn...

Nigerian Chief Superintendent Dolapo Badmos tells gays to leave a country or face prosecution.
A popular Nigerian police chief has warned homosexuals to flee the country or face the prosecution, according to state's reports.

Chief Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command seriously called on Nigerians or anyone with evidence of homosexual activity to come forward. The message has spread on her personal Instagram account - which has a 125,000 followers. The new order citing a national law (SAME SEX MARRIAGE PROHIBITION ACT 2014) that was signed in 2014 by former president Goodluck Jonathan to criminalise same-sex marriage and public displays of affection between gays or lesbian people. “If you are homosexually inclined, Nigeria is not a place for you. She commanded!

According to Esther Onyegbula, the mother of two talks about how the command is handling rape cases in the state, raiding of criminal hideout in the state, congestion of cells and the controversy trailing bail is free. We keep hearing of rape here and there in the state, is it that there is an increase or that people are now aware of the right to seek redress?

The Same-Sex Prohibition Act is criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organisations with penalties of up to 15 years in jail,” Badmus wrote. “So, if you are a homosexual in nature, leave the country or face prosecution. But before you say, ‘does this matter?’ Kindly note that anything against the law of the land is criminal and all crimes will be punished accordingly no matter how small you think it is.” She added: “Anyone convicted of entering into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union faces up to 14 years imprisonment. All LGBT candidates in Nigeria should beware.” Her warning is the “latest reminder of the challenges facing members of the LGBT community” in Nigeria, where the anti-gay law “enjoys broad support among its citizens”. A recent report by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) found that around 90% of Nigerians support the continued enforcement of the 2014 law. On social media about the reaction on Badmos’ post has been liked more than 2,000 times, although not everyone is supporting her stance.

Some commenters “condemned the police for going after homosexuals and ignoring more pressing issues”, reports Nigerian newspaper The Punch. Others accused the police of being partial, and claimed that “a cross-dresser, who now identifies as transgender, had become a celebrity but was left alone because he was rich”. Responding to those claims, Badmus posted a message that said: “In view of my last post about homosexuals and the law banning them, some people have been mentioning one particular name (very risky though) to be one. “Kindly be informed that if you have any evidence or exhibits that can establish the case against him/her, please don’t hesitate to bring it up for a comprehensive investigation.”

 I remain patriotic to my country: Chief Superintendent Opeyemi Badmos with a cap-salutation.
Who is Ifedolapo Opeyemi Badmos?  She is a Nigerian Superintendent of Police (SP) and the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Lagos State Police Command. She joined the Force on 15 August, 2002, as an Assistant Superintendent in the police through (Course 21 batch) and trained at Nigeria Police Academy in Wudil, Kano state. She is a Accountant graduate and holder of a Post-graduate Degree in Public Administration, she also served in various capacities in the force throughout the country like a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) serving Isokoko, Agege and then Zone 2 command as a Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) overseeing Ogun and Lagos States.

I am the second of six children in my family. I grew up in Ado in Ekiti State. My late father used to be a politician. He was a one time member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and also one time Local Government Chairman. My mother was a teacher, she retired now.

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Off-Duty:Chief Superintendent Opeyemi Badmos
Although, Superintendent Opeyemi Badmos has enjoyed tremendous promotion since she joined the force, her childhood ambition was never to be a police officer. ''I wanted to be a medical doctor but I believed that my Physics teacher did not let me make it''. In her own statement Badmos talks about how she joined the Police Force and her early days in the training as a woman. She said, ''I was actually influenced by my uncle. He had ever wanted to be a police officer. He graduated from school in 1984, sought to enroll in the force and could not get the opportunity. He encouraged me to consider it as a career, he always saying you have the physique, the height and the stamina to be in the force. But mind you, I was never a tom-boy while growing up. When we got to the training academy, it was a different world. It was the advent of mobile phone services but in the Academy, there was not even connectivity not to talk about other restrictions that left you with no choice, there was no freedom to exercise those free rights you have as a woman.'' At that point, I was like ‘Oh my God, is this what I will pass through for 18 months? But funnily, I lived with it which at some point I made up my mind that I was at a point of no return.

After the weapon training that toughened my imagination. On the onset, I wanted to run away but for one female colleague. She had half of her family members in the police force and it was not like anything to her. For me the 18 months in the training academy were like 18 years. A lot of people believe that this is a place for men. Even at the training school, the instructors would shout, ‘All of you here are men, in this academy, there is no woman, everyone here is a man’. In every activity, be it obstacle crossing or rigorous exercise, you have to do it like any other person. There’s no discrimination or exemption of gender. That is what makes you a police officer.

I am satisfied but not fulfilled yet. I am barely 17 years in the service contrast to the stipulated 35 years serving in the service. This is a very noble job that gives you opportunity to free the oppressed. When I was growing up, I was always in the forefront of fighting for my mates against the oppression done by the boys against girls. This profession is not for everyone rather it is for those who have passion for protecting the oppressed in the society.

In African setting, women are relegated and maltreated. There are two things I actually concern myself with in life which is how to be successful and how to fight against domestic violence. This is not necessarily against women alone but anything that connotes domestic violence of both genders. Most people who noticed my effort in such areas deemed it wise to involve me in their talk shows, seminars and workshops. I want to be a role model to others.