Ex Ministers Must Return Diplomatic Passports Or Face Jail Term

Mohammed Babandede

Controller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammed Babandede has warned ex-ministers who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan's administration to promptly return their diplomatic passports or face jail time.

Babandede confirmed that some ex-ministers have complied with the NIS' request but warned that those who fail to do so will face a lengthy jail term.

"Following the reluctance of some former office-holders to return their diplomatic passports, I wrote to the Presidency and proposed that we could take certain measures to compel those who are not entitled to the diplomatic passport to return them," he said.

He confirmed that the NIS had received approval by the Federal Government to include the passports in documents that needed to be returned before retirement benefits are payed to government officials.

Babandede gave all Passport Control Officers nationwide and Passport Issuing Desks in Foreign Missions 48 hours to clear all backlog of passport applications.

The directive comes amid complaints and agitations from passport applicants concerning service delivery at passport offices.

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