From UBONG UKPONG, Abuja
Federal Government, yesterday ordered the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Rose Chinyere Uzoma, to proceed on pre-retirement leave, just as it directed that Deputy Comptroller General (DCG), Rilwan Bala Musa, takes over in acting capacity.
The order for her to step aside was contained in a press release in Abuja, signed by the Director/Secretary of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB), Dr. R. K Attahiru. The statement read: “ I am directed to convey approval of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, 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 leave.
“I am to further convey that you are to hand over the duties and responsibilities of your office on January, Wednesday 16, 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 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.”
Daily Sun learnt that Uzoma was actually due for retirement in March and was making preparations to leave after March, if she could not secure extension. However, this it was learnt, came as a political shocker to her as she merely was given few hours to handover everything pertaining to her office in her possession to her successor, indicating that she had actually been sent packing.
Relieving her of her duties came shortly after a running battle between her and the Interior Minister, Patrick Abba Moro, who is also chairman of the board. The embattled CGI was alleged to have clashed with her boss severally over recruitment exercise by the service, which at some point late last year was nullified and declared illegal when it took off. However, when contacted, the service Public Relations Officer, Joachim Olumba said it was normal in civil service for people to proceed on pre-retirement leave, which usually lasted three months into the retirement month of the retiring personnel.