The ongoing reforms under the newly appointed Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Martins Kure Abeshi, may terribly consume the service Public Relations Officer, Chukwuemeka Obua, who has been accused of disloyalty to the new leadership of the corps.
Obua and some other Assistant Controller Generals were said to have vowed not to recognise the Abeshi’s leadership due to their loyalty to the former CGI David Paraddang who was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
The service spokesman were said to have demonstrated his threat during the official swearing in of Mr. Abeshi this week Tuesday, at the Ministry of Interior when he refused to attend the ceremony.
Our reporter gathered reliably that all the senior officers at the event were shock not to see their spokesman, confirming his threat.
It was also gathered that the new CG has ordered the former PRO, Ekpeme Kings to return back to the headquarters in preparation to replace Mr. Obua.
Already, the new CGI has announced a series of operational reforms which might cause a serious shake up across the departments and formations through the country.
Abeshi who made the announcement dring an inaugural meeting with all heads of Commands and formations at the Service Headquarters Abuja yesterday, revealed that the reforms will affect the internal control/monitoring, border security and patrol as well as robust engagement with critical stakeholders of the Service with the purpose of evolving a “Citizen Inclusive Immigration Service”.
According to him, the reform in border security would require a revitalization and reinvigoration of the moribund Air Border Patrol Unit to its former enviable status as the premier Aerial Border Patrol Unit in Nigeria.
He disclosed that cases of sharp practices such as extortion, touting and general staff indiscipline would be frontally checked just as enormous attention would be paid to the welfare of officers and men. He promised to continue with the staff Multipurpose Co-operative Scheme of the Service which would dovetail into the incorporation of NIS Micro Finance Bank.
The new CG also assured that the NIS under his leadership would intensify efforts at addressing the disturbing rate of human trafficking in the country even as he directed all heads of formations to put machinery on ground in their various formations to stop the ignoble practice.