Immigration service debunks alleged footage of bribery reports

Immigration service debunks alleged footage of bribery reports


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has debunked the conflicting video and reports; trending on media over bribery allegations by its officials.

The Service Public Relation Officer, Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement; made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

“The attention of the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, was drawn to a reposted video of a lady “Kibacho” from Switzerland; where she alleged an attempt by Immigration officers to extort money from her at the Airport in Lagos.

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“This video was first posted on Sept. 1, 2017 on Youtube titled; “Swiss Lady vs Nigeria Immigration, and we promptly investigated the situation but found as false alarm.

“On Feb. 5, 2019, the same video resurfaced on Youtube titled; “Swiss woman exposes sharp practices of NIS officials at Airport.

“The Comptroller General is hereby for the umpteenth time; calling on well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the reposted video and always report genuine cases if any.

“The public should report genuine stories to the Service via credible platforms for enquiries; and feedback through: 07080607900,, @nigimmigration and

1st News reported that NIS is to investigate the allegation of bribery against its personnel along the Nation’s borders.

The Public Relations Officer of NIS, Mr Sunday James; made the denial in a statement on Friday, January 10 in Abuja.

It was reported, meanwhile, that an online media had alleged that; “with just N200 bribe per immigration checkpoint; illegal migrants were infiltrating Nigeria through Sokoto”.

Equally important, the report had alleged that NIS officials at patrol checkpoints on various Nigerian highways; have indirectly ‘legalised’ illegal migration with their cash-for-pass attitudes.

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James said that the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI); Mr Muhammad Babandede, assured that they would investigate the alleged acts.

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