A group of officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has cried out over what they described as ethnic and religious biases exhibited in the recent senior officers’ promotion exercise carried out by the Service.
The aggrieved officers, drawn mainly from the Southern part of the country, accused the leadership of NIS of denying officers of other faiths their due rights to advance their careers. In a protest letter signed by Mr. Olubode Ahmed on behalf of the aggrieved officers, and made available to New Telegraph correspondent, the officers alleged that the promotion exercise was marred by ethnic bias and discrimination along religious lines.
They accused the Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede, and a serving Commissioner at Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration Board, an Assistant Comptroller-General (rtd) of conniving with the Acting Director of the board to tamper with the authentic list from the board to favour officers of the same ethnic and religious leaning (i.e. Fulanis and Muslims) at the expense of other officers from other ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Lamenting the perceived ill-treatment, one of the victims cried out: “For God’s sake, are some people superior to others in this country? No doubt, there is a grand attempt and plan to Islamise the service because by the time you are not promoted, you will be forced to accept Islam.
New Telegraph, February 25, 2018
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