President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang. Mr. Parradang was asked to immediately proceed on suspension Friday while the service’s deputy comptroller general, Martin Abeshi, takes over, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
It was not immediately clear why Mr. Parradang was sanctioned.
However, the Immigration Service under his leadership sparked national outrage in 2014 after nearly 20 job applicants died in stampede during an Immigration recruitment test.
Ahead of the examinations, an agent commissioned by the Ministry of Interior, extorted N1000 from each of over 700,000 applicants.
Despite raising nearly a N1 billion, logistics for the exercise were dismal resulting in the deaths.
Mr. Parradang denied any role in the contract. He said the Interior minister, Abba Moro, handled the deal.
An investigation launched by the Senate into the matter, ended without a report till date.