Nigeria bans cash payments at immigration passport offices

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has been directed to receive all passport applications and payments online and through designated banks.

According to report, NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, said the directive was issued by the Comptroller General (CG) of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede. He said the Comptroller General released a circular directing all passport control officers not to allow cash payments in any of the passport premises.

This move came after allegations were raised of corruption at passport offices where immigration officials gang up with touts to rip off applicants.

‘All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts,’ James said.

‘Passport applicants are therefore strongly advised to visit the NIS website to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian Passports and age groups before making payments,’ he advised.

He also mentioned that the management of all passport offices have been directed to paste all information required at the premises to guided applicants in line with the executive orders.

The NIS spokesperson urged Nigerians to direct any complaint or enquiry to 07080607900 and the email address [email protected]

He assured that the CG has also ordered an‎ investigation into allegations of passport racketeering at some passport offices in Lagos with the intent of sanitising the system.‎

James advised applicants to avoid patronising touts or agents in order to ensure efficient service delivery.

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