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Immigration refutes secret recruitment of officers


Muhammadu Babandede. PHOTO: youtube

Muhammadu Babandede. PHOTO: youtube

Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has denied the allegation of undercover recruitment exercise of cadet officers into the Service.

The Guardian exclusively reported that about 500 cadet officers were undergoing regimental training at NIS Kano training school. The set of officers, The Guardian gathered, were among the hundreds of officers allegedly recruited without public advertisement.

The federal government placed embargo on recruitment of fresh intakes following the failed 2014 exercise that led to mass stamped of young graduates that killed 20.

But the Controller General of Immigration, Muhammadu Babandede, at the opening of strategic planning and change management retreat for senior officers denied the recruitment exercise.

He told journalists in Kano last week, that the set of cadets were recruited to replace some officers who lost their lives during the insurgency in the Northeast, and those that left the Service after declining deployment to the trouble zone.

Reacting to the 2,000 dismissed officers, who recently protested unlawful termination of their appointment, the Controller General explained that the affected persons were recruited illegally and issued authorised letter of appointment, insisting that they were never considered officers of the Service at the point of entry.

“The 2000 officers were not officially recruited in the first place. What actually happened was that they were assisted by a presidential committee on recruitment but the committee did not pass through due process before issuance of appointment letter that was why the present government decided to dismiss them,” Babandede explained.

He, however, posited that the federal government has authorised the NIS to rescreen them for the purposed of restatement after undergoing security certification, drug test and age consideration.

He noted that the four-day retreat with the theme; “Nigeria as hub for trade, investment and tourism: repositioning Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for effective and efficient border and migration management,” is aimed at undergoing robust critique of the current operational performance of the Service against global benchmark. It was also meant to identify the challenges that are impeding the continued relevance of the Service and chart a way to help it maintain its frontline position.

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