NIS Accuses Top Government Official of Forging Passports

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A senior protocol officer of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing will be prosecuted for his participation in the forgery of documents meant for the procurement of the Nigerian passport.

According to the NIS, the official – whose name was withheld, was paid N250,000 to forge the official identity card and signature of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing on a letter issued to procure “official passport”.

The Immigration said the official was arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja where he was charged with conspiracy to making false statement for the purpose of procuring Nigerian passport and engaging in forgery.

In a statement signed by the public relations officer on Sunday, the NIS said its Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, had promised to punish individuals or groups involved in passport-related offences.

Babandede was quoted to have told prospective applicants seeking Nigerian passport to avoid false declarations, forgery and use of fake documents, but follow due process by applying and paying online.

He said they should desist from patronizing touts, noting that both the procurer and the applicant would be prosecuted in accordance with the provision of the law relating to ‘passport offences’.

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