Nigerian Prisons Boss Bows Out, Immigration Boss Fired?


Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Peter Ekpendu has retired on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, amidst speculations that the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Martin Abeshi may have been sacked.

Ekpendu, while delivering his address at his pulling out ceremony at the Prisons headquarters in Abujalamented that officers and men of the service were highly indisciplined, and urged Prisons personnel to obey the rules of service.

Peter Ekpendu described the issue of petitions from both within and outside the service as not only alarming but terribly embarrassing to the administration.

The former Comptroller-General who described the petitions as frivolous, said he stood by whatever action he took while in office as the CG of the Prisons service.

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The outgoing Prisons boss also said he has approved the promotion of 5,900 officers and men of the service as a parting gift, in spite of the deluge of petition that flooded the minister’s office.

Ekpendu, who joined NPS twenty six years ago, however admitted that he had no regret of any actions taken while in office as the Prisons Comptroller General and did his best while in charge of affairs of the service between December 5, 2014 and May 17, 2016. “I stand by whatever I did throughout my tenure and I also stand by it,” he said.

According to Vanguard reports, there were indications that the Federal Government may have sacked the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service NIS, Martin Abeshi.

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Although reasons for his sack were not immediately known, it is speculated that government’s decision may be connected with his handling of the recent replacement in the service.

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The CG had allegedly employed his third wife and his eldest son into the service. Both recruits were said to be under-going training in Kano.