Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede MFR, has retired after decades of meticulous service to the nation.

Top Management of the Service on Friday, held a Valedictory Session in honour of the retiring Comptroller General at the Headquarters in Abuja, the federal capital territory.

This was made known in a statement signed by Amos Okpu Mnipr, the Service Public Relations Officer.


The event which took place at the newly commissioned Conference Centre was attended by serving and retired members of the Service, Friends and Family members of CGI Babandede.

Speaking at the occasion, CGI Babandede noted that indeed the Service has witnessed tremendous changes under his leadership but that he did not do it alone.

“I am very proud today because I am leaving the Service better than I met it. I have made my contributions and I pray that successive leaders of the Service will sustain and improve on what we have done”, he stated.

Some friends of the Service including Dr. Sam Nwosu in his farewell message stated that CGI Babandede has left indelible marks on the walls of the Service. 

In the same vein, Dr. Tony Luka Elumelu of the ECOWAS Commission, described CGI Babandede as a great man who still has the capacity to continue to impact on the Service and the country at large while Mr. Rafael Rois Molina of FIAPP /ATPSOM said that CGI Babandede remains a very great figure in the migration management world.

A major highlight of the day’s event, according to Okpu, was the handover of the baton of leadership of the Service to the Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration, DCG Idris Isah Jere as Acting Comptroller General of Immigration.

The acting Comptroller General was before now in-charge of the Directorate of Finance and Accounts.

 Meanwhile, a Pull-Out Parade for the outgoing Comptroller General is scheduled for Monday,13th September, 2021 at the Parade Ground Service Headquarters, Abuja.

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