Politicians bypass immigration security checks – CG

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Immigration, Muhammad Babandede , has vowed stiff punishment for any officer who connived with politicians to flout immigration laws .

He lamented that politicians now pass through the borders without checks by immigration officers.

Speaking during the decoration of 14 Assistant Comptrollers – General with their new rank in Abuja on Tuesday, the CG sad 15 persons were being prosecuted for falsely claiming loss of their e-passports .

Advising the new ACGs , the NIS boss said , “ I will like to task you to be more dedicated and supervise those who are working under you .

You must be very vigilant and watch people who cross our borders .

“ There are people who cross our borders without appearing before immigration .

In recent time , some politicians and big men think they can pass through the borders without passing through immigration officers.

“ It is an offence under the Act , you are liable to punishment regardless of whoever you are .

You and the officer involved will be prosecuted because officers don’ t have immunity , because it is a law that a person must present himself and pass through immigration . ”

Babandede said an immigration officer was facing criminal charges for assisting an applicant to procure a court affidavit in order to obtain an e- passport, warning that an NIS officer cannot be a regulator and a broker at the same time .

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