FG to deploy undercover agents at passport offices nationwide

April 23, 2021
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The Federal Government said it would embed security operatives at various passport offices across the country to curb extortion, hoarding of international passport book­lets and other corrupt practic­es among the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) across the country.

The government also said that it is reviewing the entire international passport appli­cation process by NIS to six weeks.

A statement by Towoju Rapheal, Senior Information Officer, Ministry of Interior, stated that Ogbeni Rauf Areg­besola, the Minister of Interi­or, disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting with the Comp­troller-General of Immigra­tion, Mohammad Babandede, Passport Officers, as well as attaches in Nigeria Missions abroad in Abuja.

Aregbesola added that an ombudsman would also be created for members of the public to receive complaints and reports on officers trying to deviate from prescribed guidelines and subversion of the process.

He said: “They will wear body cameras. They will de­tect and report any form of solicitations, inflation, im­proper communications, ex­tortion, diversion, hoarding and other corrupt practices. Those caught will be dealt with according to the law.

“Therefore, I am declaring a zero-tolerance stance to all forms of touting. No applicant will be made to pay any illegit­imate fees.”

Besides, the statement hinted that the government was reviewing the interna­tional passport application process by the service to six weeks.

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