The Nigeria Immigration Service has again engaged in a
fresh illegalÂ recruitment of 300 personnel, the slots
of which was shared among theÂ top management
officials.Â Investigations on Sunday indicated that the
personnel who were onÂ inspector cadre (levels 1-8), were employed in
Sources stated that the
personnel were placed on various ranks,Â including
Inspector, Assistant Inspector, Immigration Assistant
andÂ Chief Immigration Assistant.Â It was
learnt that the beneficiaries of the illegal recruitment had
beenÂ enrolled in the NIS payroll and had been paid
their January 2016
Â A source said,
â€œThe personnel were engaged during the
ChristmasÂ holidays but no letter of appointment was
given out, apparently toÂ prevent the secret recruitment
from being leaked. They called itÂ replacement, which is
another name for illegal recruitment.
slots were shared among the top management team from
theÂ ACGs upwards. Some got two slots, some got six,
depending on yourÂ rank.
â€œThe names of their preferred candidates or applicants were submittedÂ along with their account details and they were placed on levels 1-8.Â They have been paid their January salaries, as we speak.â€Â
A former Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang,
wasÂ suspended by the
Federal Government in August,2015 for
allegedlyÂ recruiting 1,600 personnel in violation of
extant laws.Â Parradang was found to have issued
appointment letters to 700Â Assistant Inspectors of
Immigration as well as 900 Immigration
Assistants III into the NIS without approval.
suspension led to the appointment of the current
CG,Â Martin Abeshi, who was said to have engaged the 300
personnel withÂ the approval of the Civil Defence, Fire,
Immigration and Prisons Board.
When contacted on Sunday, the NIS Public Relations Officer, EkpedemeÂ King, said he could not confirm the recruitment exercise. â€œI am notÂ aware of this,â€ he stated over the telephone.