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Immigration Officers Keep Disgracing Nigeria As 2 Of Them Land In Trouble For Extortion

Some officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) appear to have made it a duty to disgrace the country. Joyfully, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the ban of two of them from operating in any of the country’s airports for extorting N8,000 from a passenger at the Lagos Airport.

FAAN Spokeswoman Faithful Hope-Ivbaze made the announcement in a statement in Lagos on Friday, March 18, that the two immigration officials were banned from the airports after confirming the extortion at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA).

Mrs. Hope–Ivbaze said that a team of FAAN Aviation Security officers were commissioned to investigate the allegation, following a tweeted allegation on Feb. 19, 2022 by the mother of a 14-year old girl travelling on Lufthansa Airline that the two immigration officials extorted N8000 from her daughter.

“Upon investigation, they found the allegation to be true, as the officers involved were identified with the help of footages on our CCTV facility, and the cooperation from the Nigerian Immigration Service.

The FAAN Spokeswoman said that the officers were made to refund the exact amount collected from the passenger.

Mrs. Hope-ivbaze added that the officers’ On Duty Cards were also withdrawn permanently, and they have been banned from working in any Nigerian airport to serve as deterrent to others.

The spokeswoman commended the mother of the child, who has confirmed receipt of the money and for deeming it fit to escalate the case.

She also commended the mother for assisting FAAN tremendously in the course of the investigation.

Mrs Hope-Ivhaze expressed appreciation to the Comptroller of Immigration at the MMIA and her team for her cooperation and support in addressing this issue.

She said that the Authority would continue to identify and sanction any airport official (including FAAN officials) found to be extorting passengers or perpetuating any act of illegality at our airports.

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