- The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced the release of processed passport following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country
- This was after the comptroller-general of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, ordered passport offices nationwide to release processed passport to applicants
- The NIS said applicants will be invited to passport offices in batches and must show proof of invitation before they are allowed into the premises
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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced the release of processed passports following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.
This was after the comptroller-general of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, ordered passport offices nationwide to release processed passport to applicants, The Guardian reports.
The service in a statement through its spokesperson, Sunday James, said applicants will be invited to the passport offices in batches and must show proof of invitation before they are allowed into the premises.
"Any passport applicant who did not receive SMS need not visit the passport office until they are invited via SMS to avoid unnecessary crowding and refusal of entry at the entrance to the passport offices," James said.
Meanwhile, the Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York has said that the evacuation of nationals stranded in the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic is set to begin on Sunday, May 10.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this was disclosed in a notice signed on Sunday, May 3, by Benaoyagha Okoyen, the Consul-General on behalf of the Nigerian Missions in the U.S.
It was gathered that not less than 700 Nigerians have registered for evacuation with the missions in the U.S.
From the notice, it was stated that the evacuation will be done in batches and the first group of 270 evacuees would be transported through an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 509 to Abuja.
The flight is scheduled to depart the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey at 9.15 p.m., and fly directly to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The federal government had earlier announced that the flight is at the expense of the evacuees, who will all fly economy class
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