- The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) announces that it would investigate a report which claimed that its officers are collecting bribes along the nation’s borders
- Sunday James, the spokesperson for the NIS, says the Comptroller General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede, assures the public that the alleged acts will be investigated
- James discloses that the recommendations from the investigations will be immediately forwarded to the office of the immigration boss for further action
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) disclosed on Friday, January 10, that it would investigate a report that alleged that its officials were engaged in bribery along the nation’s borders.
Sunday James, the spokesperson for the NIS, in a statement, said the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) Muhammad Babandede, had assured the public that the alleged acts would be investigated.
The immigration service issued the statement in reaction to report by an online media which alleged that with just N200 bribe per immigration checkpoint, illegal migrants were infiltrating Nigeria through Sokoto.
The report also alleged that NIS officials at patrol checkpoints on various Nigerian highways have indirectly legalised illegal migration with their cash-for-pass attitudes.
However, the spokesperson for the service said the report had prompted the CGI to order a comprehensive investigation into the allegation.
James said the recommendations from the investigations will be immediately forwarded to the office of the immigration boss for further action.
“We are yet to attain the peak and standard we are projecting to take the service as an elite service serving the greater majority of the country’s elites and the international communities,” he said.
“It is pertinent to note that the NIS, under the leadership of Muhammad Babandede, is doing everything possible to rid the system of bad eggs who are giving the service bad name.”
James said the service would never join hands with perpetrators and allow the good work of the service to be destroyed by some unscrupulous elements painting the service bad.
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He stated that that the service would not relent on its effort, having recorded achievements on border control and migration management at various commands across the country.
James said the immigration boss has assured the public that any member of the service found involved in acts of bribery will face the consequences as prescribed by the law.
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