President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Mohammed Babandede as new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Ahmed Ja’afaru as new Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS)
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Bassey Akpanyung.
The new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede replaces Martin Abeshi, who retired from the Service on May 15.
Before his new appointment, Babandede was a Deputy Comptroller-General serving at the Immigration Headquarters in Abuja.
On the other hand, Ahmed Ja’afaru takes over from Peter Ekpendu who retired from office on May 17 this year having attained the mandatory 35 years of service.
The new Prisons boss was, until his appointment, an Assistant Controller General of Prisons and was serving at the Prisons Headquarters in Abuja.
However, some analysts have expressed concern at the seeming lopsidedness in the appointments to key positions in the ministry of interior, saying it is against the federal character principle as contained in the constitution.
The five key agencies that make up the Ministry of Interior include: the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Fire Service, the Nigeria Prisons Service, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.
Presently, Mohammed Babandede, the Comptroller-General the Nigeria Immigration Service, Ahmed Ja’afaru, the Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Joseph Garba Anebi, the Comptroller-General of the Federal Fire Service and Abdullahi Muhammadu the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, as well as their overall boss, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau are all from the Northern part of Nigeria.