Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Monday, made a move to intervene in the suspension of the Comptroller-General of Immigrations David Paradang.
The governor said he had only come to show concern but whatever the outcome of the investigation, he would readily accept it.
Paradang, a native of Plateau State, was sited at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in blue attire, obviously accompanying his governor to plead on his behalf.
It is not clear whether Paradang joined his governor to see the president, but he shied away from the press and declined from even been photographed.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last week ordered the suspension of Paradang in the wake of ongoing investigations to unravel the circumstance that culminated in granting a visa to a suspected terrorist, Ahmad al-Assir, in Beirut, Lebanon, to visit Nigeria.
The alleged terrorist who was arrested at the airport by Lebanese authorities, while attempting to travel to Nigeria, had a fake Palestinian passport and a valid Nigerian visa.
“Paradang’s case is still under investigation. A man was suspended and he is from Plateau State, it is my concern because I am the governor of the state. For every appointment we must show concern no matter how small.
“The president is handling it. At the end of the day whatever is the outcome I will agree with it, but I also need to get some explanation as the governor of the state,” Lalong said, while fielding questions from journalists at the Presidential Villa.
The governor added that when there were issues like this in a political period “you must find ways of looking for reasons, if anything affects any part of your body you must show concern.”
He said he had also discussed the situation of the state’s security and efforts at maintaining peace.
On insecurity in the state, he said there were still pockets of crisis in Jos, especially between the Fulani’s and the Beroms, which a 13-man committee was set to solve.
While the committee was still sitting, crisis erupted again in some parts of that area, the governor said, adding that there were still cases of cattle rustling and farm destruction going on in the Southern part.
“But in the last one week, we have taken very good measures and security agencies are working very well in terms of arrest,” he said.