EFCC reopens probe into immigration job scandal

EFCC reopens probe into immigration job scandal

Yvonne Williams

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reopened investigations into the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment tragedy in 2014, which led to the death of 19 young job seekers.

Operatives of the anti-graft agency on Monday quizzed the immediate past Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr. David Paradang, for over seven hours. Paradang was asked questions about the N555m said to have been collected from applicants who participated in the 2014 exercise.

The Senate under David Mark as president had in 2014 probed the tragedy but the report of the investigative committee did not see the light of the day before the seventh senate ended.

According to the Punch’s findings, the EFCC invited Paradang to appear before it to provide explanation on how the money collected from job seekers in March 2014 was spent.

A top operative of the commission revealed on the condition of anonymity that the NIS under Paradang and those who played crucial roles in the ill-fated recruitment only declared N45m as the money collected.

The source said that investigations conducted by operatives of the commission revealed that the applicants paid N600m.

It was added that top officials of the Ministry of Interior and the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Services Board, only declared N45m as the amount collected.

Paradang was said to have arrived at the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC at Wuse II, Abuja, by 10 am and was taken straight to the interrogation room for a interrogation session that lasted seven hours.

Story Source: www.punch.com.ng

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