Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, has denied media reports that it sacked 5,714 personnel in Enugu and Abia State Commands over certificate forgery.
The NIS stressed that such story lacks fact as both commands have a combined staff strength of 632 officers and men with Enugu State Command having 318, while Abia State has 314.
According to a press statement issued yesterday by the NIS’ Public Relations Officer, PRO, DC Ekpedeme King, such publication is not only false and lacking in substance, but also malicious, mischievous and spurious.
The NIS spokesman stressed that the report is the handiwork of dubious and mischief makers and should be disregarded.
Part of the statement reads “The attention of the management of the NIS has been drawn to a malicious, mischievous and spurious publication entitled “9,077 NIS officers in trouble, found working with fake certificates” in which it was reported that the aforementioned number of officers had been sacked with immediate effect for certificate forgery.
“The author went further to state that 2,430 of such officers are in Enugu Command, while 3,284 are in Abia. In his or her mischief, the author went as far as quoting the comptroller-general as saying that NIS will commence replacement of persons in vacant positions as soon as approval is secured from the federal government.
“The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Martin Kure Abeshi, hereby requests officers and men, as well as the general public to disregard the publication as there is no truth in it whatsoever. The CGI had at no time held such discussion with any person or group anywhere and at anytime.
“As a matter of fact the whole staff strength of the NIS at the Service headquarters, zonal offices, commands, borders, passport offices and Nigeria’s Missions abroad is barely 22,000. Enugu State Command has 318 officers and men, while Abia State has 314. It is therefore evident that the mischief maker has no fact.’’
The statement reiterated that NIS is not recruiting at the moment and so members of the public should be cautious not to fall into the trap of fraudulent elements.