Some Nigerians who applied for international passports have accused personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Abuja passport office, of massive extortion.
The passport applicants said nothing much has changed in spite of the recent directive of the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo to the immigration authorities to sanitise the system.
The applicants lamented that they were made to pay sums of money by NIS officials before getting their travel document. However, the Service Public Relations Officer, Adedotun Aridegbe, dismissed the allegations as untrue, adding that disciplinary action would be taken against any officer found wanting.
“All these things are not true. It’s unrealistic. When I investigated some of these allegations, some applicants just formulate stories to tarnish our good image. We have officers that work round the clock including weekends and even run shifts to produce these passports.
“There is a task force set up by the Comptroller General, Caroline Adepoju to checkmate any illicit activities going on in the passport offices,” he claimed.