FG Suspends Immigration Boss, Parradang
A two-paragraph statement issued by the Director of Press in the Ministry of Interior, Yusuf Alhaji, yesterday in Abuja did not state the reason for the rather abrupt suspension.
The Deputy Comptroller General, Mr. Martin Kure Abeshi, who is the most senior officer, has been directed to take over the affairs of the office.
The statement read in part: “The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, David Shikfu Parradang, has been suspended from office with immediate effect.”
Source at the ministry said the suspension of the immigration boss might not be unconnected with the current investigation by the federal government of the lapse in the organisation that resulted in the issuance of a Nigerian visa to a wanted terrorist of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ahmed
Al Assir, a cleric, in Lebanon last Saturday, which caused the country huge embarrassment in the eyes of the international community.
Assir has been on the run for two years, having been declared wanted in Lebanon in 2013 when his followers clashed with the Lebanese army, resulting in the death of 18 government soldiers.