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Nigeria’s Director of Immigration, Mrs Rosemary Chinyere Uzoma, who was sacked recently due to the alleged recruitment scandal has denied the Ministry of Internal Affairs claim, indicating that the reason given for her sack was aimed at destroying her image.

According to Mrs Uzoma, up till the time of her sack, no definite recruitment had been made even though the plan had been in the pipeline, and therefore, there could not have been any recruitment scandal.

Speaking to reporters while on an official duty at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, the Former Comptroller General revealed  that her sack was engineered by a standoff with  which centred on recruitment disagreement. She claimed that the  Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro had wanted to  place embargoes on the alleged  recruitment exercise while on plan . She said up till the time of her sack, there had been no recruitment yet.

Uzoma who was conducting on-the-spot check exercise to ensure maximum alertness during the yuletide season, dismissed reports that recruitment exercise ever too place.

According to her, “I want to put it on record that NIS has not recruited anybody, recently. The purported exercise is just about to begin, no single letter of appointment has been issued to any Nigerian. So it is a real fabrication that we have been busy recruiting people from specific area of the country, as we are still working out the modalities and procedures. We only got the approval to recruit two weeks ago. So how could I have been recruiting for months?” She implied that her early removal from office may have to do with attempts to peg the recruitment which she objected to as more hands are needed on the nation’s borders,

She said “It is really true that we have been making an effort to recruit more hands, because we actually need these officers especially in our land borders areas where we don’t have enough staff to mount these areas. So we are asking government to give us more hands, and luckily the Head of Service just granted our request to recruit and do even replacement this time around,”.

Nigeria Director of Immigration was relieved of her post due to certain irregularities during a recruitment exercise according to reports.

The Federal Government, Tuesday, announced the retirement. The announcement was made in a letter by R. K Attahiru, the Director/Secretary,Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board, CDFIPB. Mr. Attahiru signed on behalf of the Minister of Interior and Chairman of CDFIPB, Abba Moro. No official reason was given for her sudden removal even as she was set to retire from office in a few weeks. The release said the Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration, Rilwan Musa should assume the lead role until President Goodluck Jonathan appoints a new Immigration Service boss. Ms. Uzoma has been in the news for the wrong reasons lately. She was recently accused of conducting illegal and unapproved recruitments in the service for which she was questioned by Mr. Moro. The immigration boss also recently stated the argument for drones (unmanned surveillance aircrafts) to be able to monitor Nigeria’s various borders. A statement by Secretary to the Minister of Interior, Mr. R.K Attahiru reads “I am directed to convey approval of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele, GCFR President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for you ( Mrs. Rose Chinyere Uzoma) to proceed on your pre retirement accumulated leaves. “On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Interior and all members of the board, I wish to thank you for your service to Nigeria. The board wishes you good luck in your future endeavour.”

“I am to further convey that you are to hand over the duties and responsibilities of your office on or Wednesday, 16th January, 2013 to the most senior Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration in the person of Rilwan Bala Musa MNI, who will act as Comptroller General of Immigration pending the appointment of a substantive CG of Immigration.

“On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Interior and all members of the board, I wish to thank you for your service to Nigeria. The board wishes you good luck in your future endeavour.”

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