Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday grilled the immediate past Comptroller-General, CG, of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, David Parradang, over alleged fraud that trailed the controversial recruitments into the service.
It could not be immediately ascertained whether the alleged fraud was in relation to the failed recruitment bid at stadia across Nigeria when no fewer than 15 job seekers lost their lives or the subsequent one, in which 1600 were enlisted.
A highly placed source confirmed to Nigerian pilot that Parradang was interrogated over fraud-related matter but did not state the exact matter.
Parradang reportedly arrived the EFCC headquarters in Wuse 2 District of Abuja at 10am and was immediately taken into the interrogation room by EFCC’s operatives.
Nigerian pilot learnt that the agents questioned Mr. Parradang on the ownership of the company that was used to extort N1000 from each of the NIS applicants, which reportedly fetched them over N1 billion in the process and what the money was used for.
The agents, it was learnt, suspected that the money must have been stolen or diverted and should be accounted for in the light of the anti-corruption disposition of Buhari’s administration.
Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman for the EFCC, confirmed the invitation but declined to give details.
The invitation followed claims and counter claims by the immediate past Interior Minister, Abba Moro and Parradang over the failed recruitment bids of the agency and the amount said to have been realised from the applicants.
Nigerian pilot recalled that the CG, who was first suspended before being fired by President Muhammadu Buhari last month, had a face-off with the former Interior minister, Moro, over the two sets of recruitments into the NIS.
While Parradang said his hands were tied, Moro accused him of being economical with the truth but the ousted CG has not opened up on what really transpired when he held sway under Moro.
Mr. Uwujaren, who did not disclose the actual reason for the interrogation, said Mr. Parradang was still being quizzed at the time of filing the report.
Mr. Parradang was in August suspended from office by President Buhari. He has since been replaced by his deputy, Martin Abeshi.

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