By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least, eight personnel have been dismissed from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) by the Comptroller General, Isah Jere Idris over unprofessional act.
Eighteen others were also committed to a wide range of sanctions for similar act.
This was contained in a statement by Kenneth Lure, Chief Superintendent of Immigration, Public Relations Department on behalf of the Comptroller General, made available to journalists on Friday.
According to the statement, ” The announcement followed the approval granted by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) to the effect that the conducts of the Personnel have remained grossly unbecoming and unacceptable as members of the Service.
” It would be recalled that thirty (35) Personnel were in the cause of the year, presented before both the Senior Disciplinary Committee (SDC) and Orderly Room Trial (ORT) processes to ascertain their level of culpability in the various allegations of offences against discipline ranging from employment racketeering, sharp practices, dishonest conducts, absent from duty without official leave (AWOL) among others, preferred against them.
” After exhaustive deliberations by the committees, eight Personnel comprising one Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI), two Deputy Superintendents of Immigration (DSI), two Assistant Superintendents of Immigration II (ASI2) and three rank and file were summarily dismissed from the Service.
” Furthermore, one other Chief Superintendent of Immigration was ordered to proceed on compulsory retirement while nine other Personnel were demoted in rank. They include one Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI2) who has been demoted to the rank of Inspector of Immigration, two Inspectors who have been reduced in rank to Assistant Inspectors and six (6) other junior Personnel who have been ordered to lose their current ranks”.
Meanwhile, nine other Personnel comprising one Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI2) and eight junior Personnel were issued warning letters just as six Personnel were discharged and acquitted from all the allegations brought against them.
In a related development, the Comptroller General has approved the redeployment of 100 Officers and Men from the Lagos Airport with immediate effect while some others have been ordered to face disciplinary procedures to ascertain their level of involvements in some unprofessional conducts and practices reported at the airport recently.
The Comptroller General however reiterated management’s commitment to zero tolerance for any unprofessional conducts by any Personnel and enjoined the public to feel free to report any such conducts by any member of the Service for necessary actions.