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The acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Idris Isah Jere has been ordered to proceed on retirement on or before April 24, 2023.

This was contained in a memo dated April 17th and signed by the secretary of the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, Obasi Edmond, on the orders of the Board Chairman and Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola.

The memo was titled, “Notification of expiration of one-year extension in office as acting Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service.”

In the memo dated April 17, 2023, with code number CDCFIB/APPT.CG&DCG/61/VOL.IV/74, the Board advised the CG to hand over to the most senior officer in the organisation. 

Part of the memo reads, “I write to draw your attention to the end of one-year extension in office granted to you by Mr President via letter no. SH/COS/42/3/3/A128 date April 22, 2022, and which would be expiring on April 24, 2023.

“Consequently, you are directed to hand over to the most senior Deputy Comptroller-General on or before Monday, April 24, 2023, pending Mr President’s appointment of a substantive Comptroller-General of the Service.

“The Board is grateful to you for your immense contributions to the Nigeria Immigration Service and to the country and wishes you success in your future endeavours.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had, last year, extended the service of the acting CG, who was due to retire on April 17, 2022, when he clocked 60 years, according to the civil service rule.

Buhari had appointed Idris to replace Muhammed Babandede, retired in 2021 after spending five years as the head of the strategic para-military institution.

Idris was in charge of Finance and Accounts in the Immigration Service when he was appointed.

ICIR reports that Idris was not ready to leave, according to sources, until the Board asked him to quit.

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