The immediate past Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, David Parradang, Friday, denied knowledge of the ill-fated recruitment exercise of the Immigration Service at the resumed hearing of the trial of the former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Parradang made the denial during cross examination by a member of the defence team, Paul Erokoro, on Friday.
It would be recalled that Moro and two others, a former Permanent Secretary of the ministry of interior, Mrs. Anastasia Nwobia and a Deputy Director, Mr. F. O Alayabami, on charges bordering of fraud and obtaining under false pretence.
Parradang insisted during the cross examination that as the head of the NIS in 2014 he was not aware of the recruitment carried out by the service.
When Erokoro sought to know if the recruitment was initiated by the minister or permanent secretary, he said “I do not know.’’
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Parradang had on June 8, when he was led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Mr Yusuf Aliyu, told the court that he was not aware of the recruitment exercise, adding that he was shocked when he learnt of the recruitment in the media.
“In September, I was referred to a publication in one of the dailies that NIS was recruiting officers into assistant superintendent, inspectorate and assistant inspectorate cadres.
“I was surprised about the recruitment exercise because as a comptroller-general I was not aware of it,’’ he said.
The case was adjourned for continuation till September 29 and 30.
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