Ikoyi Passport Office to go tough on touts — Yari



Control , Ikoyi Passport office, Lagos, has said the office will no longer tolerate the activities of touts within the office vicinity

Yari told Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos, while appreciating the Immigration for the award given to him on Dec.7 in Abuja during the service’s end of the year dinner and awards night.

NAN reports that Yari was given the award of the service in exemplary leadership that entailed ability to simplify passport issuance process.

Yari, appreciating the NIS, said the office aimed to eliminate totally the activities of the touts in the year 2020.

The touts usually double cross innocent citizens on their way to the centre promising to get them international passports.

Such promise, most times, never worked thereby ending up in duping the citizens,” he said.

The PCO, therefore, pleaded with Nigerians, who were desirous of obtaining international passports to visit the centre directly.

He further said the Passport Office would strengthen its existing structures to improve service delivery in 2020.

He said, “the particular area we plan to intensify effort on is curbing the activities of quacks who hijack applicants.

The office had taken some measures already but the measures would be intensified come year 2020.

Yari further promised to exceed 2019 delivery by issuing more passports to applicants in 2020.

“Since the issuance of e-passports started in Ikoyi more than 50,000 passports have been issued to applicants for passports with both five years and 10 years validity,’’ he stated.

Edited /Donald Ugwu


New visa regime: NIS assures travelers of fair treatment



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured travelers of fair treatment under the new visa regime.

The Service Spokesman, NIS, Mr Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, also promised to respect the fundamental rights of every traveler to the country.

James said that the service would continue to practice citizens’ diplomacy with the new visa regime.

“As a committed service, we will continue to practice citizens’ diplomacy both towards Nigerians and foreigners regardless of passport but on merit and integrity.

“The quality of a national passport is not only in good finishing and look, but what determines its acceptance to the global communities is more on the integrity of the citizens which rubs on the integrity of the passport they are holding.

“Acceptance evaluation of Nigerian passport as a travel document and citizens integrity determines how many countries will allow a Nigerian citizen entry into their country under which condition and for how long,’’ he said.

James said that the NIS had uploaded 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) to the database of the International Police Global System (IPSG) as effort to checkmate visa crimes.

He said that in light of this, Nigeria had been rated the 1st country in Africa and 54th in the world to automate its uploading system.

“To have uploaded such quantity is an indication that the NIS is not resting on its oars and the information 24/7 centre of the service is working around the clock accessing diffusions from the INTERPOL General Assembly.

“This is to analyse, interrogate and interpret for domestic consumption and international actions to be taken.

“The result of such analysis, interrogation and interpretation is the upload of the 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents which by implication puts Nigeria on ascension on global podium of integrity, secured economy and safe for investment.

“This is also an indication that the NIS system is working to detect, identify and classify the various passports that were invalidated, stolen, lost, fake and tampered with,’’ he said.

James said that the fight against identity theft was part of the reason for the change from the colonial passport, hand written, Machine Readable Passport (MRP) to the e-passport.

He said that the enhanced e-passport has over 25 security features among other factors.

According to him, this is to guarantee the safety of the holder and document in line with

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 4, officially presented the National Visa Policy 2020 (NVP) to the public at the State House, Villa.

The new visa regime aimed at creating new visa categories for Ease of Doing Business. 

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN








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NIS cautions traditional rulers, govt. officials over nationalisation



The Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Cross River, Mr Okey Ezugwu, has warned traditional rulers and government officials to desist from conferring indigeneship on foreign nationals in the state without following due process.

Ezugwu gave the warning during a courtesy call on the speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Mr Eteng Jonah-William on Thursday in Calabar.

He said that such actions were done through the “backdoor” with no duly followed procedures or considerations for national interest.

He decried attitudes of residents toward border security through the encouragement of illegal migration into the state.

He urged local government authorities, local government officials and traditional institutions to refrain from issuing foreign nationals breeder documents which they have been using to apply for Nigerian passports and national Identity cards.

“I am not trying to implicate anyone, but the Clan and Village Heads are admitting foreigners through the backdoor.

“Irregular migration and all forms of illegality along the Cross River borders are managed by village heads who are giving foreigners Nigeria documents free of charge.

“My visit here is to plead with the Speaker and House members that are grassroots people to talk to their Village Heads.

“The security of Cross River which is surrounded by neighbouring countries doesn’t depends on uniform personnel alone.

“The security of Cross River should be our collective responsibility and we need to work together not to allow foreigners into our country illegally,” he said.

Responding, the Speaker assured the NIS of the Assembly’s continued cooperation and assistance with a law to put an end to all issues raised.

“We cannot sit down as stakeholders and allow our country to go the wrong way. It takes less than 30 minutes to get to Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, anyone coming in should follow the right process,” he said.

Jonah-Williams added that all the House of Assembly members will take the message to their constituents.

He promised the Comptroller of a new era of stability in the borders.

“We are here to support you, anytime you need us, you can come to us,” he said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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NIS boss warns public over use of fake, stolen travel document



The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede has warned Nigerians to desist from using fake, altered, invalidated, withdrawn, stolen and lost travel documents.

Babandede, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja,  said that such documents had been automatically made available to 194 member countries of INTERPOL.

NAN reports that  NIS INTERPOL i-24/7 desk had successfully uploaded 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (STLD) to INTERPOL Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France seamlessly.


This was an effort put in place by the service team to rid the world of attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally, using SLTD.

Babandede warned holders of Nigerian Passports not to use such re-issued passport anywhere in the world as failure would lead to arrest and prosecution. 

He emphasised that the new development would go a long way in curbing identity theft and use of stolen and lost travel documents by criminal elements.

He added that those seeking to hide their identities to cross national borders and engage in illicit activities worldwide should desist. 


INTERPOL i-24/7 is a secured global communication network developed by INTERPOL to connect law enforcement agencies and officers in all the 194 countries. 


“It enables the authorised users to share urgent security information with their counterparts around the globe, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


“It enables investigators to access INTERPOL’s range of criminal databases. Users can search and crosscheck data on suspected criminals, wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents.


“Even stolen motor vehicles, finger prints, DNA profile, stolen administrative documents and stolen works of art.


“I urge Nigerians to desist from being involved in any criminal act as they can be detected anywhere in the World, ” he said. 


Babandede emphasised safety of the public and officers of the immigration service as international flights resumed on Sept. 5. 


He said that COVID-19 is a serious issue,  saying that public health was the next concern after terrorism. 


He noted that the personnel were taking measures to ensure their safety and that of the passengers. 


“You cannot board an aircraft to Nigeria until you have a COVID-19 negative test result. And this is to ensure that Coronavirus is not spread across. 


“As the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbeshola will always say the defender should not be defenseless. We will  ensure that the officers are protected as well as the passengers, ” he said.  


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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UNIABUJA seeks collaboration with NIS on migration study



The Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah has expressed the university’s willingness to partner Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in running a programme in Migration Studies.


The NIS Spokesman, Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja. 


Na’Allah commended the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede for giving the service a place in history and a voice among security agencies in the country.

He applauded the management for teaming up with the CGI to bring a turn around in various departments of the service.

He however, noted that there was need to bring in the migration study into the university to enable students have more knowledge about migration.

According to him, universities, as centre of knowledge must champion the course of solving migration concerns if they have to remain relevant as they do in security studies, medical and healthcare.

“Migration studies should receive the attention it deserves through research and teaching in relevant areas of migration proceeding solutions.

“We hope to partner with the service to achieving this great innovation by the university and build the nation together in terms of security and other related issues,” he said.

In his response, Babandede thanked the vice chancellor for making time out of his busy schedule to visit the NIS headquarters, accompanied by his principal officers.

He said that migration was a major international issue of global concern that the world would keep battling with like security and health related issues.

He assured the VC and his team of the service’s  maximum support towards ensuring the course was taken in the university.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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