President Muhammodu Buhari on Friday ordered suspension of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr. David Parradang under circumstances that may not be unconnected to the granting of a Nigerian visa to a known Isis operative, , Ahmed Al Assir, according to a Thisday report.
In a letter signed by Director/Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, A. A. Ibrahim, Parradang was also said to have issued letters of appointments to 700 Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and 900 Assistants III into the Nigeria Immigration Service without approval.
He was also accused of failing to take measures to correct the wrong doing despite repeated advice given as conveyed in letters reference No. FMI/PSO/001/III/402 of 11th June, 2015 and Reference letter FMI/PSO/001/IIII/411 of 14th June, 2015.
“Having considered the above-mentioned act committed by you to make deliberate disregard to the extant laws, insurbodination to constituted authority and improper behaiour inimical to the service that is unbecoming of a public officer, I am to inform you that you have beeen suspended from the office with immediate effect, while you awiat further instructions, you are to hand over the affairs of your office to the most senior officer in the Immigration Service” stated Ibrahim in the suspension letter.
Consequently, a Deputy Comptroller-General Mr. Martin’s Kure Abechi has been directed to take over from the suspended immigration chief.
Aside the reason given for the suspension, Parradang’s trouble may also not be unconnected to how terrorist ISIS chief, Ahmed Al Assir, was granted Nigerian Visa in Lebanon to visit the country.
It was gathered that Buhari ordered a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the issuance of Visa to the wanted terrorist who has been on the watch list of several governments.
Ahmed Al Assir was reportedly arrested at in Lebanon Airport on his way to Nigeria through Egypt.
The Lebanese government accused him of involvement in the death of 17 Lebanese solders and sentenced him to death.
A source within the Presidency revealed that the President was embarrassed over the development, adding that the Buhari-led administration would not continue to watch a para-military agency in charge of Visa application frustrate government efforts to stamp out terrorists from the country.
Another source in the ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ministry had been directed to explain how the wanted terrorist was able to get a Nigerian visa.
“The reported arrest of the wanted terrorist is a huge embarrassment to Nigeria and the President has directed that the matter should be investigated. The embassy in Lebanon has been directed to furnish the ministry with details of how the man got the visa. The National Intelligence Agency has been directed to provide details of what happened.”