Peoples Digest Online- The Nigerian Immigration Service has revealed that it is looking into reports of extortion of international passport applicants at the Nigerian High Commission in the UK. This is in response to a viral video of some Nigerians protesting against the alleged extortion at the High Commission. Spokesman of the NIS, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement. He said: “the protesters alleged that some officials of the High Commission are unduly surcharging them for passport issuance. It has become necessary to state that payment for passports are done online and so nobody is expected to come to the High Commission with cash, let alone any case of extortion.
In the meantime, machineries have been put in place to unravel the veracity of the allegation.”
He advised Nigerian passport applicants in the UK and other parts of the world to formally report any form of extortion through immigrationspro@gmail.
He also advised the aggrieved public to be civil in stating their complaints and avoid tarnishing the country’s image through the use of abusive language. He said: “it is important to follow due process of presenting grievances concerning wrong doings or poor service delivery.
“The Comptroller General of Immigration wishes to use this medium to appeal to Nigerians to always endeavour to report any known case of poor service delivery for appropriate investigation and possible sanctions.”