The sixteenth Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has been pulled out of service.
The occasion was gone to by Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, other government authorities, senior NIS officials, nearby and global accomplices, Jigawa Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, Emir of Hadejia, HRH Adamu Abubakar Maje, loved ones members.
Born November 21, 1963 in Malam Madori, Jigawa, Babandede went to Malam Madori Primary School (1969 – 1975), Government Secondary School, Rano; Bayero University, Kano (BUK) where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in History and Islamic Studies in 1984. He later acquired a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.
Shortly after his National Youth Service (NYSC), Babandede joined the NIS in 1985 as Assistant Superintendent and was a member in the twelfth Cadet Basic Course at the head Immigration Training School, Kano (ITSK).
After dropping, he was presented on the then Abuja Command before the authority migration of the country’s capital from Lagos to Abuja in January 1986. He was subsequently moved to the Procurement Unit of the NIS central command in 1988 as one of the pioneer officers.
Babandede filled in as Personal Assistant to ex-Director of Immigration Service, Garba Abbas, and an Immigration Attaché in the Nigeria Embassy in Bonn, Germany. In 1991, he was conveyed to the Consulate General of Nigeria Office in Berlin.
In 1995, Babandede got back to Nigeria and was moved to the Investigation/Aliens Department at the NIS central command. In 2004, he headed the Nigerian Task Force on fighting the danger of Trafficking in Person (TIP), as a team with the Italian Task Force.
In that very year, he turned into the primary head of NIS Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and was favored to the then recently settled National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) as Director of Investigation. During his five years in NAPTIP, Nigeria was raised to Tier 1 rating in the US Department of State TIP Report.
Babandede got back to the NIS as a Comptroller in 2010 and headed the recently settled Migration Unit which pulled in coordinated efforts and limit building intercessions from the EU, FRONTEX, IOM and UNODC.
In 2012, he was elevated to Assistant Comptroller General and made the Passport Division boss. In 2014, he became Deputy Comptroller-General and was selected top of the then Directorate of Passport and Operations until fifteenth May, 2016, when President Muhammadu Buhari delegated him as the sixteenth CGIS.
Babandede was an individual from the INTERPOL Working Group on TIP, introduced papers and added to distributions for the EUROPOL, INTERPOL, BKA Germany, Swiss Police, Fin Police, Ghanaian Police. furthermore, United Nations Offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
He made contributions at the Nigerian National Policy on Migration; UN Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners, and the EU-supported Basic Training Manual on Investigation and Prosecution in Migrant Smuggling.
Babandede got preparing in numerous nations and organizations including FBI, ILO, UNICEF and UNODC. In 2015, previous President Goodluck Jonathan presented the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) honor on the Chevening Fellow.
Full message of Babandede’s goodbye discourse on exit from service:
“It is an incredible open door for me to remain before this excellent social affair to say something on my fruitful exit from public help after a fascinating visit. Thinking back, especially when I accepted my first letter of arrangement in September 1985 (precisely 36 years prior), I have lost count of the advantages I keep on getting a charge out of as an individual from the NIS family. My uncommon appreciation is to Allah for a day to day existence all around spent and for a tranquil presence, which is the petition of each Chief Executive. I positively can’t forget the best and most brilliant of all, which is my arrangement as the sixteenth Comptroller General of Immigration Service on fifteenth May, 2016. Following 5 years and 4 months as CEO of NIS, the time has come to return home when the applause is high. Much obliged consistently go Allah for each unconceivable blessing gave on me from the day I was brought into the world to the day I will die.
So many individuals have affected my vocation, many have kicked the bucket and some are situated here. I generally characteristic my insight and ability to my previous supervisors, the late Directors/CGIs of Immigration such Muhammadu Damulak, Sahabi Dange, Lady Nwizu and Alhaji Garba Abbas. I can’t fail to remember the impact of CGs like Senator UK Umar, CJ Udeh, Lady Uzoma, RB Musa, David Paraddang and MK Abeshi. A large portion of them used to call me for testing occupations. God knows such calls and entering their workplaces scares me. I’m regarded that my image will hang alongside theirs in NIS base camp forever.
My unique appreciation goes to General Abdulrahaman Dambazau who prescribed my name to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the great working relationship as well as for the suggestion Mr President, without me knowing, for a year augmentation which carried me to this time. The one-year augmentation is important to me and the Service as I had the option to finish my leader project, the Technology building. I will miss my discussion with Ogbeni, his solid assessment and entrusting. I demanded that Ogbeni himself commission the Conference Center on the right when you enter this lovely NIS City. Ogbeni gave me the greatest astonishment and named the Center after me. Much obliged to you Mr Minister for deifying me in this wonderful city.
After my arrangement, we coordinated an essential gathering in Kano where we fostered an essential arrangement. One of the issues recognized was intense deficiencies of office and sleeping shelter convenience in the framework. A circumstance where a portion of our officials worked in regrettable conditions, particularly for an arms-bearing association, was a significant test. We went right into it and I needed to guarantee that we will construct and commission no less than two Command Building Complexes yearly. Thank heavens, we didn’t fall flat. The Sokoto State Command Office Complex dispatched fourteen days prior was the twelfth of such we constructed and conveyed inside the time of my stewardship. There are 8 order structures at various phases of completion.
We saw holes in the accessibility of functional records in the framework and we considered it not exactly proper. At the last count, we had conveyed fourteen (14) functional texts (distributions), including yearly reports, which have stayed predictable since 2016. Records, for example, ‘The Nigeria Immigration Service Strategy, 2016 – 2019’ was the establishment of our changes. The new educational program for preparing foundations designated staff change and ‘The Border Management Strategy: 2019 – 2023’, created with the help of the EU under the oversight of IOM, will aid line security, local mix and handling basic freedoms issues, including corruption.
The Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020, dispatched by Mr President, is the primary far reaching way to deal with fostering a visa strategy that addresses our financial necessities as a country. The undertaking before the following initiative is powerful execution. We are nearly set to dispatch ‘The one Global e-Visa’ which will make Nigerian Visa preparing more proficient and straightforward. The e-line project has started where 84 land lines will be observed constant online with a pilot case connecting base camp with one of the Border Control Posts at Illela in Sokoto State.
Our Border Security and Migration Management endeavors got some helpful intercessions to the degree that the majority of our Control Posts have been updated and introduced with current correspondence and coordinations offices. Our Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) has been depicted by IOM as the biggest and most complex movement framework on the planet. We have effectively associated every one of the country’s International Airports and 23 Land Border Posts to the MIDAS stage. With this office, the age and preparing of transients’ movement history have been rearranged while knowledge social occasion and data sharing capacity have been improved.
I thank every one of our givers and IOM for consenting to set up the ‘MIDAS Center of Excellence’ in NIS Headquarters. The middle will be a world reference point. The usefulness of the MIDAS stage has gotten a colossal lift with the foundation of the INTERPOL Desk in the Technology Building. We applied and got the way to work an INTERPOL stage and inside a couple of months of our association, we have effectively transferred more than 150,000 Stolen and Lost Passport Documents to the Database. With the office, we Are presently ready to follow and follow worldwide wrongdoings and criminal gatherings for important action.
To guarantee further developed line security, we left on the development of Forward Operations Bases along a portion of our line flanks. The office has office and private components, outfitted with present day watch, correspondence and coordinations contraptions. Agents positioned in every one of the offices watch line flanks in their areas to guarantee that unpredictable transients, particularly the people who utilize unapproved courses, are checked. The charging of the Daura Forward Operations Base carried the quantity of such stations to fourteen (14) while so many others are close to completion.
In 2017, we set out on an overhaul of our site with the end goal of making it easy to understand particularly for visa and identification candidates. That done, we upset the visa application measure and presented the Visa on Arrival (VoA) strategy. We sought after the change enthusiastically in congruity without hardly lifting a finger of working together and before the finish of that year, a ton of high total assets financial backers were drawn in. The nation’s ra