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Lalong meets Buhari over suspension of Immigration boss

24 August 2015, 21:35

Abuja - Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday met President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent suspension of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr David Parradang.

Parradang was on Friday directed to immediately proceed on suspension while the service’s deputy comptroller general, Martin Abeshi, takes over.

Paradang, who was sighted in the Presidential Villa in company of the governor, was on Friday directed to immediately proceed on suspension.

The Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr Martin Abeshi, was directed to take over the mantle of leadership of the NIS on acting capacity.

Lalong, who briefed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Buhari, said that although investigations into the issues that led to the suspension of the Immigration boss had commenced, it was necessary for him to show concern.

Also read: Immigration boss suspended after wanted imam gets visa

"I came to see the President on some issues affecting my state.

"These include the prevailing issue of the suspension of the comptroller of 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 told him what we are doing on insecurity in our state.’’

On insecurity in the state, the governor said that he set up a 13-man peace committee to address the problem of communal crises across the state.

He said that the measures put in place by the state government to arrest social unrest in the Plateau had started yielding results as trouble makers were being apprehended by relevant security agencies in the state.

"We still have cases of cattle rustling and farm destruction going on in the southern part.

"But, in the last one week, we have taken very good measures and security agencies are working very well in terms of arrest," he said.



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