- The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) announces a nation-wide drug test for all its officers
- Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller general of the NIS, discloses that the drug test is aimed at ensuring that personnel discharge their duties professionally
- The comptroller general states that he would be the first to do the drug test
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has disclosed that all officers of the service would undergo a drug test.
The disclosure made by the comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede on Saturday, December 21, at the third conversion/upgrading course at the premier immigration training school in Kano state, north-west Nigeria, Channels TV reports.
The service spokesperson, Sunday James, disclosed that Muhammad said the drug test was aimed at ensuring that personnel discharge their duties professionally. Muhammad noted he would be the first to be tested.
The immigration boss explained that the test was important for personnel of the service because they carry arms in line of duty.
“As armed services, we cannot afford to be careless with the weapon. Hence all officers of the Service will undergo drug test, beginning with me,” Babandede was quoted as saying.
He said any officer who fails the test at the first instance will be rehabilitated, but subsequent drug use would attract a penalty.
"We shall not dismiss anyone at first discovery, but try to rehabilitate. If the fellow continued unrepentant, administrative procedures will be followed and appropriate sanctions applied," Babandede explained.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has rejected the visa-on-arrival policy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lawmakers in the red chamber said the move by the president is premature, considering the spate of insecurity currently witnessed in the country.
On Wednesday, December 11, President Buhari had announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that starting from January 2020, other Africans will be allowed to enter Nigeria without a visa.
The Senate, however, rejected the president's idea and went ahead to summon the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola along with Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration to appear before its committee on interior, judiciary and legal matters.
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