The Federal Government on Friday suspended the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr David Paradang, from office with immediate effect.
A statement issued in Abuja by Mr Yusuf Alhaji, Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Interior, on behalf of the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, said the suspension was with immediate effect.
According to the statement, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr Martin Kure Abeshi, is to take over from Paradang.
It did not give any reason for the suspension of the Nigeria Immigration boss, but explained that Abeshi is the most senior officer after the suspended NIS C-G.
The Street Journal recalls that the tenure of Paradang has been shrouded in controversy, particularly, following the 2014 recruitment exercise into the service during which about twenty applicants died in stampedes nationwide.
Also, early this week, the Federal Government embarked on an investigation to unravel the circumstance that culminated in the granting of a Nigerian visa to a suspected terrorist, Ahmad al-Assir, in Beirut, Lebanon, to visit Nigeria.
The alleged terrorist was arrested at the airport by Lebanese authorities, while attempting to travel to Nigeria with a fake Palestinian passport and a valid Nigerian Visa.