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Former deputy comptroller general of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, has emerged the acting comptroller general of the NIS.
Babandede replaced Martin Abeshi, who was appointed into the position by President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2015.
According to the notification of retirement signed by Abdulrahman Dambazau, the minister of interior, Abeshi was sacked and asked to handover to Babandede on Tuesday, May 17.
According to one of the sources, Abeshi told the minister: “Babandede is not the most senior Deputy and that the practice the world over is that the most senior officer takes over pending his/her confirmation or otherwise, and excused himself, leaving the Minister and Babandede”.
NAIJ brings you 10 facts that you should know about the new boss of the immigration service.
1. Babandede is from Jigawa state.
2. He was born in 1963, he is 53 years old.
3. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Islamic Studies.
4. He also got a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
5. Previous to his appointment, he was the deputy conptroller general, Operations & Passports, at the NIM. He was appointed to this position in January 2014.
6. Between December 2012 to January 2014, he served as ACG Passport at the Immigration headquarters.
7. Babandede had been representing the NIS at the National Hajj Commission since 2013.
8. He has an award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR, in 2014.
9. He is currently the longest service top officer in the NIS.
10. He is said to have been exposed, for many years, to foreign missions and attached to other MDAs outside the NIS.