President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Monday held a closed door meeting over Friday’s suspension of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr David Paradang, who hails from Plateau State.
The Street Journal recalls that Mr Paradang, who was sighted in the Presidential Villa in company of the governor, was on Friday directed to immediately proceed on suspension, and his deputy, Mr Martin Abeshi, was directed to assume the NIS mantle of leadership in acting capacity.
Confirming the purpose of his visit to State House correspondents after the parley with the president, Governor Lalong said he sought audience with the president in order to rub minds on issues affecting Plateau state, including his concern over Friday’s suspension of Paradang.
The Governor stressed that, although investigations into the issues that led to the suspension of the NIS C-G had commenced, it was necessary for him to show concern.
Lalong said: “I came to see the President on some issues affecting my state. These include the prevailing issue of the suspension of the Comptroller-General of immigration who, incidentally, is from my state. When you have issues like this in a political period, you must find ways of looking for reasons and possible solution.
“If anything affects any part of your body you must show concern. Paradang’s case is still under investigation. A man was suspended and he is from Plateau, it is my concern because I am the governor of the state. For every appointment, we must show concern, no matter how small. The President is handling it.
“At the end of the day whatever is the outcome I will agree with it, but I also need to get some explanation as the governor of the state. I feel comfortable with the response I got and that is why I am smiling. I also told him what we are doing on insecurity in our state.’’
Speaking on the security challenges facing the state, the governor said that he had set up a 13-man peace committee to address the problem of communal crises across the state, which had yielded results as trouble makers were being apprehended by relevant security agencies.