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Shocker As Immigration CG Disguises As Passport Applicant In Lagos, Apprehends Corrupt Officers In Ikoyi

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The Acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isa Jere Idris, on Monday, disguised as an applicant for an international passport at the Lagos State Command, Ikoyi, where he alleged that some officers of the service offered to engage in shady deals with him.

According to Premium Times, Mr Idris said he decided to walk in unannounced in order to gain firsthand experience of what Nigerians are going through “in the hands of unscrupulous officers of NIS.”

The acting CG said when he assumed office in September, he had pledged to tackle three things including addressing the challenges faced by Nigerians in their efforts to procure international passports, enhance border security and improve workers’ welfare.

He said his unscheduled visit to Ikoyi on Monday was to confirm the allegations against officers of the immigration offices in Lagos State including Ikoyi, Ikeja, and FESTAC town.

Ikoyi Experience

He said when he approached the officers at the Ikoyi command, he was given various high prices for the different categories of passports.

“When I approached the officers, they offered me the menu without recognizing me. They said 32 pages of the international passport for five years would cost me N45,000 instead of N27,000. They said 64 pages for five years would cost me N55,000 instead of N37,000, and N95,000 for 64 pages for 10 years instead of N72,000.

“I was asked where I was from and I said Niger State. They also asked me if I had a letter of indigeneship and other documents and I said I didn’t have anyone. So they said they would collect N3,500 to provide all the documents for me,” he said.

The immigration boss said as of the time of speaking to Premium Times correspondent on the phone, the officers were yet to know who he was, and that the Comptroller for Lagos Command of the service, Bauchi Aliyu, was surprised when he eventually showed up in his office.

“You know he just returned to Lagos from Abuja. He didn’t know that I was coming to town. So he is still shocked as I am talking to you,” he said.

Mr Idris said the lesson will help the service to strengthen the passport issuance process, saying having an international passport of a country confers nationality on its holder and so it must have integrity.

“So with what I have experienced firsthand today, it simply means that anybody can come in from anywhere and obtain our passport. This is unacceptable. So I can assure you that the Immigration Service under our watch will strengthen the issuance process and the integrity of the document,” the acting CG said.

Mr Idris said in the next two weeks the service with the support of the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, will launch an appointment platform for applicants, saying the idea of anybody approaching passport offices anytime for issuance cannot continue.

He said: “The document has integrity and so the processes of issuing it must have integrity. We must verify the attached relevant documents because with what I saw this morning anybody can claim to be who he or she is not.

“So within a maximum of three weeks passport renewal must be done, but we must also ensure relevant background checks on the applicants especially based on their letters of indigeneship and birth certificates. What they do with these documents by the syndicates is to backdate them.”

He said except in some exceptional cases, there is nowhere in the world where passports are produced in one day, saying Nigeria must adopt global best practices in order to ensure the integrity of our documents and their sanctity.

“If you claim you are from Kano or Rivers we must find out if your claims are true or not,” he added.

Officers Caught

He said the officers caught in the act during his unscheduled visit have been documented and that they would be disciplined accordingly.

“The laws are there, and so they will be made to face the law. There are about three of them but we are very sure that it is an organized crime. They are not alone but further investigations would reveal that,” he said.

The acting comptroller-general said the interior minister is working hard towards achieving his mandates of securing the nation’s border lines through the agencies under him including the immigration service and that the difficulties being experienced by Nigerians in procuring passports would soon become a thing of the past.

Mr Idris said he was committed to addressing the challenge of corruption in the service.

 

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  1. Ade

    October 18, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Thus is a commendable step by the agCG may God continue to embolden you to do what is right. I hope the outcome will be as envisioned! This is really great encouraging that minister of interior support this integrity drive.

  2. Temitope Onigbinde

    October 19, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Gbam…..bush meat don finally catch hunter

    I like that move by the Acting CG

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2023: Northern Will Never Vote For Peter Obi – Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former Kano governor and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, said it would be difficult for any candidate, from the southeast region, such as Peter Obi to win votes from the north.

“Most of the things that are happening in the South, especially in the southeast; people are not comfortable with that and as long as you have somebody from there in any party, it will be very difficult for the northern voters to vote, and that’s the situation now,” Kwankwaso told Channels TV on Sunday.

He said this as he doubled down on his position not to be a running mate to Obi, but to be the main candidate.

Obi is from Nigeria’s South East, where the Indigenous People of Biafra, hold sway demanding the region’s secession.

Both Obi and Kwankwaso are in the race to become the next president in the February 2023 election.

While Kwankwaso said he could not play the second fiddle to Obi in a joint ticket, he still wants him to form an alliance with NNPP and serve as his running mate.

“The northern voters have made up their minds on what to do; certainly NNPP, nobody can change it,” he said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics where he was asked who the people of the North would vote for.

“Unfortunately, there are many issues in the South East, and a northern voter is the worst-hit in this issue of maladministration in this country,” he asserted.

“But even under that circumstance, a northern voter also believes that he is better with one united Nigeria.

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Inside Ogun: Three Cultists Arrested For Gang Raping 15-Yrs-Old Girl

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Three cultists have been arrested in Ogun State for allegedly gang-raping a minor.

The suspects, Daniel Njoku, Damilare Ogundiran and Adebayo Olamilekan were said to be members of the Eiye confraternity.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested after a report lodged at the Ajuwon divisional headquarters by the mother of the 15-year-old victim.

The mother had reported to the police she sent her daughter on an errand at Akute Odo area, “but she was waylaid on by Daniel Njoku, who forcefully took her to his gang where the young girl was gang-raped, beaten and forcefully initiated into their Eiye cult group,” Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Sunday.

According to Oyeyemi, the complainant explained further that the young men threatened to kill the victim if she informs anyone about the incident.

Upon the report, the DPO of the Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, was reported to have detailed his men to go after the hoodlums, three of whom were apprehended.

“The suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime. They informed the police that they were desperately looking for more members to join their group especially female members, and that was what prompted them to do what they did,” Oyeyemi disclosed.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the anti-cultists section of the State CIID.

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UFC: Israel Adesanya Reacts To Boos After Cannonier Win

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Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has admitted that Saturday wasn’t the best performance of his career so far.

At UFC 276, Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) defeated Jared Cannonier (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to successfully defend the promotion’s middleweight title for the fifth time.

Despite a largely dominant performance, the lack of action drew criticism from both booing fans in the arena and commenters online. Initially disappointed, Adesanya mentally framed the performance differently and was more comfortable with it shortly after the main event’s conclusion.

“(I feel) a lot better,” Adesanya told reporters including MMA Junkie. “I’ve said this before: On my worst day, I can kill the best man. I call that suicide, on my worst day. I had an off night tonight. (Coach) Eugene (Bareman) told me, ‘The people who know you, (your) teammates, (your) family, they know you had an off night.’ And still, I f*cked him up.”

It takes two to tango and Adesanya faulted and credited both himself and Cannonier for the lack of exchanges. Adesanya has long thought Cannonier is a top-tier fighter, a hypothesis proven in his eyes at UFC 276.

“I couldn’t find my power shots, my kicks,” Adesanya said. “The initiators – the jabs and leg kicks – were working, but I was trying to find the power shots. He was adjusting well. It wasn’t just me vs. him. … His adjustments to what I was doing, I’d go ahead, I got to his body, I got to his legs. I got to his legs and he’d adjust and get away from my power. I was able to get away from his, as well.”

As for the boos, Adesanya said he wasn’t fazed by them. He pointed out many all-time great combat sports athletes have been booed, jeered, insulted, and criticized by crowds over the spans of their careers. He’s no different.

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