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Nigeria Immigration to sanction officers caught extorting travelers

The Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Murtala Muhammed Airport Command, Lagos, Kemi Nandap says any officer caught swindling air travellers or attempting to put the name of the service in disrepute will be dealt with accordingly.

Mrs Nandap gave the warning during the induction training programme organised for newly-deployed officers.

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer, NIS, Murtala Mohamed Airport, Louisa Amadiokoro, the comptroller reiterated the resolve of the Service to implement the roadmap of the Comptroller-General, Isah Jere, in fighting corruption in the system, adding that the training was in line with his vision of manpower training.

Mrs Nandap said the essence of the training was to ensure that the officers were well-equipped for the job ahead, stressing that the Command, being the first port of contact for international travellers coming into Nigeria, required committed, hardworking and refined officers to represent a positive image of the country.

“The officers are presently undergoing an intensive training programme, which is aimed at re-orientating them and ensuring that they are adequately prepared for the task ahead,” she stressed.

“Upon the completion of the training, the officers are expected to go round on attachment at different wings and other sections like the Visa on Arrival, Statistics, Human Resources, Quits Aviation and other key areas of the airport. After all these, the officers will be assessed based on their performance.

“If the Command is not satisfied with any of them, such an officer would be sent back for retraining.”

Recently, the Service Headquarters redeployed over 30 officers to Murtala Mohamed Airport Command following the commissioning of a new international terminal there.

Some of the officers are expected to be deployed at the new terminal, which was inaugurated on March 22, 2022, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor