Kure-Abeshi had N3,000 Bank Account To Emerge Immigration C-G


Three weeks after Martin Kure-Abeshi, a former Nigeria Immigration Service Deputy Comptroller-General was appointed as the substantive Comptroller General of the Service, emerging facts have revealed the new C-G had just N3000 (three thousand naira) domiciled in his bank account to win President Muhammadu Buhari’s heart.

Top presidency sources who spoke with InsideBusiness disclosed that President Buhari finally settled for Kure-Abeshi as the new C-G because of his discipline, honesty and transparency. 

President Buhari began a search for David Paradang’s successor when the Presidency concluded it had had it up with the former C-G who was to be shown the way out

The search for Paradang’s successor was to later throw-up three names brought forward for screening and a possible choice.

The names brought before the president included those of: Musa Maza who is the ACG in-charge of Zone A’ comprising of Lagos and Ogun Command and Y. Inusa who was formerly the ACG in-charge of Admin at the Sauka, headquarters, Abuja.

The duos, who were of the rank of Assistant Comptroller Generals (ACGs), fitted the Presidency’s agenda for a clean sweep of the Service and weed-off the top echelon officers who were believed to be neck deep in the rot that had pervaded NIS in the last decade.

Matters however took a dramatic twist when Paradang was unceremoniously suspended by the Presidency, following what many had thought was the controversy surrounding how Ahmad al-Assir, a terrorist leader of ISIS obtained Nigerian Visa in Lebanon.

A letter to the suspended CG sighted by InsideBusiness had shown that he was suspended for recruiting officers into Nigeria Immigration Service without due recourse to laid down provision and refusal to reverse the recruitment despite warning from appropriate quarters.

In the letter of suspension addressed to Paradang and signed by Abu Sidiq, the Director of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration And Prisons Services Board, the Immigration boss was alleged to have committed “grave error” by recruiting 1,600 officers into the service.

“I am directed to inform you that you have been found out to have issued out letters of appointment to 700 Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and 900 Immigration Assistants III into the Nigerian Immigration Service without approval,” the letter read in part.

The letter further stated that the immigration boss failed to take necessary measures to correct the wrongdoings despite repeated warnings as contained in two letters of 11th and 14 of June 2015.

It described the above mentioned act committed by Padarang as a deliberate disregard to extant laws and an act of insubordination to constituted authority necessitated his suspension from office.

This twist of events however necessitated the immediate need to get the most senior officer to fill the vacant seat while the Paradang’s naughty case was being sorted out.

 Incidentally, and as fate would have it, Kure-Abeshi who had already started clearing his desk, preparatory to his retirement due between October and November and who was the most senior officer after Paradang, was suddenly summoned to the Presidency for a briefing.

Upon meeting with the president at the villa, Kure-Abeshi was taken aback when the president asked to know how much he had in his bank accounts. A surprised Abeshi-kure was reported to have told President Buhari that he operated only one bank account domiciled with one of the old generation banks and that he had only N3,000 (Three thousand naira only) in the account.

He was screened further about his other businesses and foreign accounts, the new CG insisted he had none.

The president immediately ordered his confirmation as the new CG of NIS after various security checks confirmed the C-G’s statements and depositions to be true and correct,

 InsideBusiness gathered that what impressed the President the most was that Kure-Abeshi had yet to finish the only house he had been building for some years now, where he planned to retire into.

Most impressive was also the fact that until his appointment as the C-G, Kure-Abeshi was the DCG in-charge of works and Logistics which is a juicy directorate in the Service, yet with unblemished record.

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