The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs Rose Uzoma was on Tuesday relieved of her appointment. A statement from the office of the Minister of Interior made it known that “President Goodluck Jonathan has approved that the Comptroller General of the Immigration Service, Mrs Rose Chinyere Uzoma should proceed on pre-retirement and accumulated annual leave with immediate effect.”
It was also contained in the statement that she should hand over to the most senior Deputy Comptroller General before Wednesday, 16th January. Her appointment as the CG was approved by the President on July 30, 2010. She took over from Chukwurah Udeh, who retired after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
Mrs Uzoma who will be 60 on March 23 is the second woman to hold the post of Comptroller General of the Immigration Service. Though it is being insinuated that she would have to go, having attained the mandatory retirement age, the alleged recruitment scam that trailed the agency recently is believed to have hastened the process.
Mrs Uzoma was alleged to have favoured applicants from certain parts of the country over others in the agency’s recruitment process. It got so bad that the Minister of the Interior, Abba Moro placed an embargo on recruitment into the service.
Some officers at the Headquarters who spoke on the condition of anonymity expressed gladness with the development. They also said they anticipated a change as some states had “too much representation in the NIS”.