There are indications that the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has presented to President Goodluck Jonathan the names of five senior immigration officers for consideration to the position of Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service.
Among those whose names were shortlisted are the acting CGI, Alhaji Rilwanu Musa, ACGs Ayo Oredipe, Babandede Mohammed, Stephen Fimibama.
It was learnt that there have been moves among the candidates in order for them to get the President’s nod.
Sources claim that ACGs is highly favoured to clinch the position as he is said to be enjoying the backing of Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
Meanwhile, NIS officers have kicked against what they described as an attempt to “bend the law”, claiming that Fimibama should have proceeded on retirement in April 2011. According to them, Fimibama has spent 35 years in the service.
One of the immigration officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged that Fimibama had worked with the Rivers State Government before joining the NIS as a Deputy Superintendent of Immigration on grade level 09.
The officer said the rank and file of the NIS had confidence in the ability of the acting CGI to reposition the service and make it more responsive to the nation’s security challenges.
He said, “In the alternative, the Federal Government should widen the scope of selection by screening all the ACGs in the service so that a credible and experienced officer can emerge as the CGI. At this point in time, the service needs a CGI with the intellectual capacity to take us to a higher level.”
When contacted on Thursday, the Media Assistant to the minister, George Udoh, said he had no information on who would become the next CGI.
“It is the prerogative of the President; I know nothing about it,” he said.