NIS to pros­e­cute erring per­son­nel over cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Joshua Odeyemi

Comptroller Gen­eral of Nige­ria Immigration Ser­vice (NIS), Martin Kure Abeshi has said the or­gan­i­sa­tion will not hes­i­tate to pros­e­cute any of its per­son­nel guilty of cor­rupt prac­tices to jail.

The NIS Comptroller Gen­eral stated this while ad­dress­ing the per­son­nel dur­ing his first pa­rade at the Ser­vice head­quar­ters in Abuja.

Abeshi who noted that the NIS had keyed into the present gov­ern­ment’s zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion, warned per­son­nel to de­sist from all forms of ex­tor­tion and other sharp prac­tices in all of­fi­cial con­ducts.

“The NIS now has a new Immigration Act 2015. The Act pro­vides for penal­ties to be meted to both ap­pli­cants and of­fi­cers who abuse the pass­port process.

“Any­one who does it would be charged to court and if found guilty, im­pris­oned,” he said.

The NIS Comptroller Gen­eral also said the Ser­vice will hence­forth; fo­cus on the use of ICT tools to ef­fec­tively man Nige­ria’s por­ous borders.

“I have been in this sys­tem for al­most 30 years now and the prob­lem of bor­der man­age­ment and bor­der con­trol con­tinue to per­sist, con­tinue to give us a lot of prob­lems. This is be­cause of lack of fa­cil­i­ties,” Abeshi said.

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