New Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammad Babandede has ordered the arrest of former governors, ex-ministers and former senators who are still in possession of Official/Diplomatic passports.
The new immigration boss said such categories of political office holders and retired public servants have no right to hold on to such passport as they have loose right to use them again.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that Babandede was appointed last week and while addressing senior officers of the Service at the Service headquarters in Abuja yesterday, he directed officers on duty at the various airports in the country to arrest such persons.
He clarified that the category of persons to be arrested include former ministers, state governors and deputies, diplomats, National Assembly members and senators and hand them over for prosecution.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 7, 2015, directed immigration service to retrieve the documents from all illegal holders.
Buhari noted that most of them were yet to comply with the directive, but yesterday the new immigration chief made it clearly that, “Charges will be pressed against unauthorised holders of such documents because such persons are no longer in the eligibility list and are, therefore, in contravention of Sec. 10 of the Extant Immigration Act, 2015.
“I am hereby directing that unauthorised holders of such passports be arrested at the airports and other points of entry/departure. Efforts will be made to trace such unauthorized holders in their given addresses.”
He however disclosed that 158 diplomatic passports and 310 official passports have been retrieved since the directive was given last year.


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