140,000 international passports still uncollected – NIS

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By Nasir Isa

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday said that about 140,000 international passports are still uncollected nationwide.

The service spokesman Deputy Comptroller of Immigration Service (DCI), Tony Akuneme said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) when he paid an official visit to the Alausa Passport office, Ikeja, Lagos state.

Akuneme also said about 40,000 of the total 140,000 are in the Alausa Passport office.

“The uncollected passports had wrong phone contacts and untraceable addresses.”

He implored applicants to process their international passports by themselves, using correct details and without involving racketeers.

He noted that it was wrong perception, to say that getting fresh or renewing international passport was very difficult.

Akuneme pleaded with Nigerians to visit https://passport.immigration.gov.ng/application, to process their passports themselves.

“I still want to plead with Nigeria not to use consultants, racketeers, nor masqueraders while processing their international passports.

”Most of the contact numbers inputted by these unethical human beings are not real,” he said.

The spokesman urged applicants who had applied before July 2022 and were unable to obtain their passports to visit NIS website to lodge a complaint.

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