By Ajibola Abayomi

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, MFR, has debunked the rumour making around regarding the alleged N23 million palliative given to the leadership of the agency by the federal government.

A session of the media recently was awashed with the said report claimed the fund was mismanaged by the agency.

However, office of the CGI has described the insinuation as a figment of imagination by its promoters chasing shadows.

Babandede in a release said his attention had been been drawn to a publication by section of the media alleging that N23m was given to NIS as palliative payment to officers and men of the Service.

In a statement signed by on behalf of the CGI by the National Public Relations Officer of the NIS, DCI Sunday James, he clarified that:”For the purpose of clarification, there was no palliative given the Service from the Government or private bodies for distribution to its personnel.

“The payment made to the officers was routine payments processed and paid officers in line with extant rules contrary to the publication.

“The Comptroller General was in isolation and undergoing treatment during the process. There has never been an occasion for payment of money to so called cronies as alleged.”

James argued therefore that “the publication was false, mischievous, and a figment of the imagination of the writer, clearly intended to cause disaffection within the rank and file of the Service.

“The NIS enjoins Officers and Men to distance themselves from such publication and continue to work as uniform officers who are guided by standard operating procedures and code of professional ethics worthy of uniform service” said James.


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