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 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
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"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
"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
"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.