The petition that nailed Comptroller General of the Immigration Service Parradang
THE PETITION THAT NAILED PARRADANG
The removal of the last Comptroller General of the Immigration Service may not be unconnected with a loaded petition sent to the Director General, Department of State Services, Abuja Post has gathered.Signed by a serving officer of the service, Mr Ime Unaowo Nta (ACI), the petition is copied to the National Security Adviser, Head of Service of the Federation, Permanent Secretary-Interior, Director/Secretary, Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board, the petition lists what it calls “acts of impunity and insurbordination that started during the government of President Jonathan”.The petitioner who served as a Special Assistant to Abba Moro while he was Minister of Interior (Immigration Matters) wrote with the authority of an insider and alleged that he has been threatened with “physical assaults and threats of elimination” because of his “whistle blowing on cases of professional abuses and corruption” when David Parradang was Comptroller General.Top on the allegations is the one that David Parradang was responsible for the death of young Nigerians on March 14 2014 during the stampede that trailed the attempt to recruit people into Immigration Service. According to the petition, Parradang “abandoned the assignment for the birthday party of his mentor and former Governor without the knowledge or permission of the Interior Minister.”The petition further revealed that after the disater, the Minister Abba Moro sent several invitations to Comptroller General Parradang to see what control measures could be done to the damage but that he ignored all. In frustration, the Minister on 21st March 2014 issued him with a query to point out the fact that his actions were “tantamount to gross indiscipline unbecoming of a professional paramilitary officer”.Instead of answering the query, Nta alleged that the Comptroller General “utilized the services of the Public Relations Officer of Immigration, Chukwuma Obua to drag the name of the then Hon Minister into scandalous and malicious media propaganda.”When Obua the Public Relations Officer himself was queried, his response was not only to insult the Minister but to fault the directives of the then President, Goodluck Jonathan. According to the petition, Parradang did not only endorse the insulting reply but went ahead to lobby “top officials in the Senate and Presidency including the wife of then President to sweep the matter under the carpet.”Another issue raised in the petition was that Parradang “ignored the then Minister and posted applicants he recruited illegally and the Comptrollers were coerced to accept them without letters of appointments.”Readers will recall that on 21st August, the Director/Secretary in the Ministry of Interior in charge of Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Mr A. A Ibrahim in a statement said Parradangs major sins were that he issued letters of appointment to 700 Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and 900 Immigration Assistants into the Immigration Service without approval.Parradang was also accused by A. A Ibrahim of refusing to take necessary steps to correct the alleged wrong doing despite repeated advice given to him by the Ministry, which was said to have been conveyed to him through several letters with reference numbers FMI/111/402 of June 2015 and FMI/PSO/001/111/411 of June 14 2015.But perhaps the most damaging accusation contained in Nta’s petition to the DSS is a document he earlier submitted to the same agency on 23rd january 2014. The document alleges that David Parradang requested the Hon Minister to grant an approval to enable Greater Washington do a presentation at the Ministry but when the approval was given, the Comptroller General went ahead to award a contract to the company, making it compulsary for Nigerians who aquire passports to pay two thousand Naira each to Greater Washington.He alleged that the contract which was shrouded in secrecy was nothing but a scam by Parrandang and his cohorts to defraud Nigerians of billions of Naira. According to him, Greater Washington was incorporated in 2012 and it’s workers were desperate unemployed youths with poor salaries who did not have the qualifications to handle a sensitive security document like the Nigerian passport.The petition contained many other damaging allegations. It will be recalled that the Federal Government on the 21st of August suspended David Parradang as the Immigration chief. Nta’s petition was submitted three days after the suspension and three days after his petition, the suspension was confirmeed as final removal with the appointment of Mr. Kure Martin Abeshias Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service.Informed sources told Abuja Post that Ntas petition delivered the fatal blow to Mr Parradangs career.