EXCLUSIVE: Immigration CG disguises as passport applicant in Lagos, apprehends ‘sinister’ officers


The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Carrier (NIS), Isa Jere Idris, on Monday, disguised as an applicant for an worldwide passport on the Lagos Relate Direct, Ikoyi, where he alleged that some officers of the carrier equipped to establish in shady provides with him.

Mr Idris, in an queer interview with PREMIUM TIMES on the cell phone, acknowledged he decided to stroll in unannounced so to compose firsthand ride of what Nigerians are going through “in the hands of unscrupulous officers of NIS.”

The acting CG acknowledged when he assumed design of enterprise in September, he had pledged to address three issues including addressing the challenges confronted by Nigerians in their efforts to find worldwide passports, reinforce border security and pork up workers’ welfare.

He acknowledged his unscheduled drag to to Ikoyi on Monday used to be to substantiate the allegations towards officers of the immigration places of work in Lagos Relate including Ikoyi, Ikeja and FESTAC metropolis.

Ikoyi ride

He acknowledged when he approached the officers on the Ikoyi picture, he used to be given a selection of excessive prices for the varied categories of passports.

“When I approached the officers, they equipped me the menu with out recognising me. They acknowledged 32 pages of the worldwide passport for five years would worth me N45,000 reasonably than N27,000. They acknowledged 64 pages for five one year would worth me N55,000 reasonably than N37,000, and N95,000 for 64 pages for 10 years reasonably than N72,000.

“I was asked where I was from and I acknowledged Niger Relate. They additionally asked me if I had a letter of indigeneship and assorted documents and I acknowledged I didn’t trust someone. So they acknowledged they would acquire N3,500 to offer all of the documents for me,” he acknowledged.

The immigration boss acknowledged as of the time of speaking to our reporter on the cell phone, the officers were yet to grab who he used to be, and that the Comptroller for Lagos Direct of the carrier, Bauchi Aliyu, used to be stunned when he by some means confirmed up in his design of enterprise.

“You know he factual returned to Lagos from Abuja. He didn’t know that I was coming to metropolis. So he’s peaceable panicked as I’m talking to you,” he acknowledged.

What subsequent?

Mr Idris acknowledged the lesson will abet the carrier to pork up the passport issuance job, asserting having an worldwide passport of a nation confers nationality on its holder and so it must trust integrity.

“So with what I trust experienced firsthand on the present time, it merely manner that someone can approach in from wherever and invent our passport. That is unacceptable. So I will be able to guarantee you that the Immigration Carrier below our watch will pork up the issuance job and the integrity of the doc,” the acting CG acknowledged.

Launch of appointment platform

Mr Idris acknowledged in the following two weeks the carrier with the reinforce of the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, will starting up an appointment platform for applicants, asserting the premise of someone impending passport places of work anytime for issuance can no longer proceed.

He acknowledged: “The doc has integrity and so the processes of issuing it must trust integrity. We have to verify hooked up relevant documents attributable to with what I saw this morning someone can claim to be who he or she isn’t any longer.

“So interior a maximum of three weeks passport renewal needs to be performed, nevertheless we must always additionally originate obvious that relevant background assessments on the applicants especially primarily based totally totally on their letters of indigeneship and starting up certificates. What they attain with these documents by the syndicates is to backdate them.”

He acknowledged moreover in some distinctive conditions, there is nowhere on the earth where passports are produced in a single day, asserting Nigeria have to undertake global finest practices so to originate obvious that the integrity of our documents and their sanctity.

“When you happen to instruct you is seemingly to be from Kano or Rivers we must always discover in case your claims are exact or no longer,” he added.

Officers caught

He acknowledged the officers caught in the act for the duration of his unscheduled drag to were documented and that they would be disciplined accordingly.

“The laws are there, and so that they’ll be made to face the legislation. There are about three of them nevertheless we’re very obvious that it is an organised crime. They’re no longer by myself nevertheless additional investigations would demonstrate that,” he acknowledged.

The acting comptroller-overall acknowledged the interior minister is working exhausting in direction of reaching his mandates of securing the nation’s border traces during the companies below him including the immigration carrier and that the difficulties being experienced by Nigerians in procuring passports would quickly became a thing of the past.

Mr Idris acknowledged he used to be committed to addressing the field of corruption in the carrier.

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