immagiration-bossComptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang, is the latest casualty of the on-going purge in Federal Government’s agencies and parastatals.
Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed last night that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the immediate suspension of Parradang, and directed the service’s deputy comptroller general, Martin Abeshi, to take over
According to Mr. Adesina, the Comptroller General was suspended for employing 300 officers without appropriate authorisation.
He said the recruitment was done without recourse to budgetary provisions noting that when queried he failed to offer satisfactory explanations for his conduct.
“Yes, he has been sent on suspension. He employed 300 officers without authorisation and even when there was no budgetary provisions for the newly employed officers,” Adesina said adding that his response to the queried issued to him did not little to help his course.
However, many suspect that the suspension may be connected with the issuance of a Nigerian visa in Lebanon to a wanted suspected terrorist, Ahmad al-Assir.
The cleric with strong link to the ISIS, a terror group that has carried out aggression against the Syrian state and invaded other states in the Middle East as well, was arrested by Lebanese authorities as he attempted to leave Lebanon to Nigeria via Cairo, early on August 15.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the Nigerian government this week launched an investigation into how a wanted suspected terrorist was granted a Nigerian visa in Lebanon to visit Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, said Wednesday the suspected terrorist was of “Palestinian extraction and resides in Lebanon”.
President Buhari had immediately ordered an investigation into the matter, even as officials of both the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Immigration had claimed that the said visa was fake.
Further, it would be recalled that the Immigration Service under Mr. Parradang’s leadership sparked national outrage in 2014 following the death of job applicants who died in stampede during an Immigration recruitment exercise in Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Minna and other places.
Applicants were made to pay an agent commissioned by the Ministry of Interior N1, 000 from each and over 700,000 applicants applied for the job. Despite raising nearly a N1 billion, logistics for the exercise were dismal resulting in the deaths.
Speaking before the National Assembly investigative panel, Mr. Parradang denied any role in the contract, instead accused the then Interior Minister, Abba Moro, of bungling the arrangements for the recruitment exercise.
The panel’s report has not been made public.
Meanwhile, Mr. David Shikfu Parradang, mni, was born on September 6, 1959 in Pankshin, Plateau State.
He joined the Nigeria Immigration Service in 1982 as an Assistant Superintendent of Immigration. He was also the Special Assistant to two previous Comptrollers General of Immigration, Uzoamaka Nwizu and Chukwurah Udeh.
Before his appointment by former President Goodluck Jonathan, he was the Assistant Comptroller General State Coordination in the Directorate of Operations/Passport at the Service Headquarters.

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