President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday suspended Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) David Parradang. Parradang was asked to hand over to the deputy comptroller-general, Martin Abeshi, who will act until the President decides the next line of action.It was not immediately clear why Parradang was suspended.
However it is an open secret that the Federal Government is not happy over the granting of Nigerian visa to a “terrorist” in Lebanon to visit Nigeria. Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, had said on Wednesday that the suspected terrorist was of “Palestinian extraction and resides in Lebanon.” According to reports, the cleric, Ahmad al- Assir, was arrested by Lebanese authorities as he attempted to leave Lebanon for Nigeria via Cairo early on August 15.
He was reportedly arrested while attempting to travel with a fake Palestinian passport and a valid Nigerian visa at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport in Lebanon. President Buhari had immediately ordered an investigation into the matter, and it is unclear whether Parradang’s suspension has any link with the matter.
Also, the Immigration Service under Parradang had sparked national outrage in 2014 after nearly 20 job applicants died in a stampede during a recruitment test. Parradang had denied any role in the contract, saying it was handled by the then Interior Minister Comrade Abba Moro.