The Nigeria Immigration Service (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.
James said that the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI); Mr Muhammad Babandede, had assured that the alleged acts would be investigated.
“Considering the gravity of the accusation; the CGI has ordered that a comprehensive investigation into the allegation be carried out as well as the recommendations immediately forwarded to his office for immediate action,” he said.
James said that the progress and continual giant strides; being recorded daily by the service was worthy of commendation.
“It is pertinent to note that the NIS under the leadership of Muhammad Babandede is doing everything possible; to rid the system of bad eggs who are giving the service bad name,” he said.
He also said that the service would not relent on its effort having recorded achievements on border control; and also migration management at various commands across the country.
“Conscious of the existence of irregular migrants in the country; the service commenced e-registration of migrants into the country after President Muhammadu Buhari had given a deadline of January 2020; in line with the six months.”
James said that the service would also investigate the authenticity of the video; as well as fish out the unwanted elements.
“Without prejudice to the outcome of the investigation; the CGI wishes to assure members of the public that if any personnel are found to have been involved in the ignoble act; the culprit(s) will face the consequences as prescribed by the law,” he said.
He advised well-meaning Nigerians to report cases of extortion or any form of illegalities around the borders; as the Immigration Service would also not hesitate to take appropriate actions against such officials.