Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced it has begun an investigation into alleged extortion of international passport applicants at Nigerian High Commission in the UK. allege
Mr Sunday James, the spokesman of the NIS disclosed this on Monday, Nov. 27 and he said attention of the agency has been drawn to viral video of some Nigerians protesting against the alleged extortion.
In his statement, Sunday said officials of the High Commission are accused of unduly surcharging applicants for passport issuance.
“It has become necessary to state that payment for passports are done online and so nobody is expected to come to the High Commission with cash, let alone any case of extortion,” he said.
“In the meantime, machineries have been put in place to unravel the veracity of the allegation.”
The NIS spokesman also cautioned against the use of abusive language by protesters which he said was capable of tarnishing the image of the country.
“It is important to follow due process of presenting grievances concerning wrong doings or poor service delivery,” he added.
“The Comptroller General of Immigration wishes to use this medium to appeal to Nigerians to always endeavour to report any known case of poor service delivery for appropriate investigation and possible sanctions.”
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammad Babandede said the leadership summit was to re-jig and equip officers of the service on the task of monitoring Nigerian borders against infiltration by criminals and foreigners on illegal trip into the country.
Babandede emphasized on the need for the organization to be repositioned, saying innovations in the service would enhance efficient service delivery. According to him, if the Nigeria Immigration Service was effectively organized, it would be in a strategic position to curb wastages and drive revenue for socio-economic reengineering of Nigeria.
“We are desirous of having a well trained, well equipped and well managed NIS,” he explained.
“The workshop has become necessary to redirect the psyche and mindsets of the personnel in the service to show more than a passing commitment to efficient service delivery. It is time for NIS to look inward and explore the inherent potentials to develop the economy.”
The General noted that efficient workforce would provide the necessary way forward which, informed the NIS decision to embark on training and retraining of personnel in the Service.