By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang, over the recruitment of 1600 staff without due process.
A letter dated 21st of August, signed by Director/Secretary Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Service Board (CDFIPB), Ministry of Interior, Mr. A.A. Ibrahim, conveyed the suspension notice to Parradang, directing him to hand over to the most senior officer in the service. Parradang suspension take immediate effect.
“The suspension letter reads: “I am directed to inform you that you have been found to have issued out letters of appointment of seven hundred (700) Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and nine hundred (900) Immigration Assistants III into the Nigerian Immigration Service without approval; and you refused to take necessary measures to correct the wrongdoing despite repeated advice given to you as conveyed in letters Reference No. FMI/PSO/001/III/402, of 11th June, 20015 and Ref. No. FMI/PSO/001/III/411 of 14th June, 2015.
Having considered the above acts committed by you to mean deliberate disregard to extant laws, insubordination to constituted authority and improper behaviour inimical to the Service that is unbecoming of a public officer, I to inform you that you have been suspended from Office with immediate effect,” the letter stated.
It would be recalled that in 2014, the Immigration Service under Parradang was enmeshed in a controversial recruitment exercise that led to the death of scores of job seekers.
Also, the exercise was marred by allegations of corruption and extortion, leading to the cancellation of the recruitment exercise.