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Nigeria suspends immigration boss after wanted imam gets visa

Ahmad al-Assir, pictured on April 25, 2013, in Sidon, Lebanon, was arrested as he tried to board a plane from Lebanon to Nigeria using a fake Palestinian passport with a valid visaNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari suspended his head of immigration Friday, the government announced, with the department under investigation over the approval of a visa to a fugitive radical Islamic preacher. Ahmad al-Assir, wanted in Lebanon over deadly clashes with the army there, was arrested on Saturday as he tried to board a plane from the Middle Eastern nation to Nigeria using a fake Palestinian passport with a valid visa. “The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration service, Mr David Shikfu Parradang, has been suspended from office with immediate effect,” Nigeria’s interior ministry said in a statement.

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