The redeployment of 207 senior immigration officers has been approved by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede.
The CGI said the redeployment was a strategic move to leverage on the recent gains achieved in service delivery, adding that he was impressed because unlike previous postings, the NIS did not witness requests from outside the Service for certain officers to be posted to particular offices.
The affected immigration officers were those between the ranks of Asst. Comptroller-General and Comptroller and they include:
ACG Ezekiel Kaura who now heads the ICT Department; Chizoba Dibi has been promoted to ACG and posted to Zone ‘G’ in Benin as Zonal Coordinator; ACG Hamman Yerima from Delta State Command to the Investigation and Intelligence Directorate at the Headquarters, Abuja.
CIS Epuku Usman takes over as the Comptroller, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos as CIS Felix Odika heads the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command, Abuja.
Also affected is Ekpedeme King, the Service Public Relations Officer who has been promoted to the rank of Comptroller and deployed to head the Anambra State Command.
In line with the implementation of the new posting policy of the NIS, 37 Passport Control Officers have been redeployed in a posting order.
The CGI mandated the officers to ensure the sustainability of the Service reforms in all NIS platforms. He urged them to keep up with the good works that earned them commendations in their previous posts, as well as implement the NIS Strategic Roadmap towards 2019.
Babandede added that copies of the NIS Strategic Roadmap which was developed through a painstaking and extensive consultation process at the Management Retreat in 2016 will be made available to the officers in due course.
Last week, in a review of the 2016 activities of the NIS Adamawa State Command, Command Comptroller, Sule Wunti, disclosed that the state apprehended 128 foreigners who attempted to acquire the National Identity Card, comprising of 63 Cameroonians, 31 Chadians, 27 Nigeriens and seven Malians.