Inside Nigeria’s Passport Offices Of ‘Extortion’

Daily Trust learned that while it took weeks to process an application of the ordinary Nigerian, VIPs get theirs within 24hrs…

Getting the Nigerian International Passport is now shrouded in corruption, racketeering, and irregularities that see Nigerians paying 100 percent more than the official fee, investigations by Daily Trust have shown.

Some immigration officers use the shortage of passport booklets to extort applicants as checks at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) passport offices in some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) showed.

It was also gathered that there are administrative bottlenecks allegedly created by the officers to exploit Nigerians, while those willing to go through the official channels are frustrated.

Some immigration officers involved in the extortion were unapologetic and rude about it.

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