President Jonathan Queries Interior Minister, Immigration Boss

President Jonathan Queries Interior Minister, Immigration Boss

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on March 17, 2014
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, March 17, 2014 queried the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, and the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. David Paradang, over the unfortunate incident at the poorly organized NIS recruitment exercise where over 14 people died during stampedes at various test centres.

Minister of Interior, Abba Moro
Minister of Interior, Abba Moro

Moro and Paradang were summoned to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to explain the circumstances which caused immense sorrow and portrayed the administration in a bad light.

According to reports, the two men arrived at the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Brig.-Gen. Jones Arogbofa (retd.), where they had a brief meeting before proceeding to meet with the President.

Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. David Paradang
Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. David Paradang

A source said they used the opportunity of the meeting with Arogbofa to marshal the arguments they would present before the President.

After the meeting with the President, both men declined to speak to State House correspondents.

Sources say President Jonathan had a closed door meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, shortly before he met with Moro and Paradang.

According to reports, the meeting with Abubakar also centred on the same subject matter.


  1. Please Mr. President, fire the interior minister at the very least. Remember he recently granted a visa to a hate preacher to come to Nigeria and preach terrorism as it we don’t have enough to deal with crushing Boko Haram’s menace. Secondly Mr President, have the immigration boss return the N2 billion collected frin applicants as recruitment application fees. It is illegal to collect fees from a person applying for a job. Let the immigration boss return the N1,000 to each person with the interest accrued on the deposit distributed proportionately among the candidates. This will show your good will and true leadership.

    Finally Mr President, please inform all agencies and parastatals that they are not allowed under any circumstance to receive application fees from candidates when they are applying for jobs, it is exploitation to the max and it is illegal practice

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