Henceforth, all payments for international passport processing must be made online through designated banks, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says.

It is a measure aimed at eliminating corruption and extortion at passport offices across Nigeria.

The ban of cash payments for passport processing was announced by the spokesperson for the NIS, Sunday James, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

He‎ says that the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, gave the directive‎. ‎

The NIS boss had, in a circular, directed‎ all passport control officers not to allow cash payments in any of the passport premises.

“All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts,” James said.

According to him, the NIS boss also ordered an‎ investigation into allegations of passport racketeering at some passport offices in Lagos with a view to sanitising the system.‎

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He wants passport applicants to ensure that all categories of Nigerian passports fees were done online.    ‎

“Passport applicants are therefore strongly advised to visit the NIS website www.immigration.gov.ng to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian Passports and age groups before making payments,” he added.

He said that the management of all passport offices had been directed to paste all information required at the premises to guide applicants in line with the executive orders.

Complaints or enquires can also be lodged directly by calling 07080607900 or sending a mail to nis.servicom@nigeriaimmigration.gov.ng.

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