Reps investigate racketeering, exploitation at passport offices

Reps investigate racketeering, exploitation at passport offices

The House of Reps has pledged to investigate allegations of racketeering in passport offices across the country.

The House of Reps mandated its Committee on Interior to investigate the matter following the motion moved by Chinadu Ogah on Thursday, March 5.

Ogah in his motion accused men of Nigeria Immigration Services of extorting unsuspecting Nigerians who want to obtain a passport.

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He explained that “the current price for the new standard passport with 32 pages is N25, 000; while the 64-booklet passport costs N35, 000 and both have a five-year validity period.”

He, however, noted that “there have been several reports of alleged extortion of Nigerians seeking to acquire international passports; by personnel of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

“Unsuspecting members of the public are made to pay as high as N50, 000 to immigration officers; with a promise to fast track processing of their international passport.”

Reps urge FG to probe mental health of Police operatives

The House of Reps, therefore, resolved to urge Federal Government to investigate the alleged passport racketeering and other corrupt practices at the offices of the Nigeria Immigration Service with a view to bringing the culprits to book.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has tasked the Federal Government to rein in the appalling spate of police brutality. Consequently, the House has recommended the set-up of a Special Investigative Unit to investigate cases of police brutality.

Further, the Green Chamber has called for periodic mental stability tests for men of the Nigeria Police Force; particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The lower chamber reached the resolution following a motion moved by Taiwo Onanuga during plenary on Thursday.

She described the behaviour of the operatives of SARS as highly unprofessional. The Rep was speaking in the wake of the killing of a footballer, Tiyamiyu Kazeem.

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