The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has implemented appointment-based entry into passport offices across the country.
The policy was announced on Wednesday at a workshop for officers and men of the Provost and Servicom Units of NIS Zone A Lagos, NAN reports.
The seminar was organized by officer in-charge of the zone, Assistant Comptroller-General of Immigration Olakunle Osisanya.
In his remarks, the Comptroller General, Idris Jere warned officers to stop extortion and sharp practises in the processing of passports.
The NIS chief was represented Modupe Anyalichi, Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of passport and other travel documents.
Jere directed personnel working in passport offices to maintain a high level of discipline and professionalism in their conduct.
The CG explained that the objective of the workshop was to stress the need to respect the appointment system.
“Henceforth, entrance into the passport offices would be based strictly on applicant’s ability to provide evidence of appointment and collection dates”, he announced.
Jere said the integrity of the appointment system would be monitored and that any officer caught extorting would face discipline.
Jere further advised applicants for passports to apply ahead of time to by logging into the NIS portal.
“Applicants should fill the application form, make payment, choose a date, processing centre and proceed to the centre on the chosen date with the required documents”, he said.
NIS officials at the workshop included Lagos Command Comptroller Mani Bagiwa; Murtala Muhammed International Airport Comptroller Adeola Adesokan; Passport Control Officer Ikoyi, AO Bewaji; Lagos Command Passport Comptroller Udoh Robert, among others.
Gunmen Invades, Set Ablaze Palace Of Imo Monarch Ablaze
The palace of the traditional ruler at Ndia Iche Arondizuogu community in the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Kanu Ikenolu, was set ablaze by unknown gunmen.
Speaking about the incident, sources told the Whistler that the gunmen stormed the palace of the traditional ruler with explosives which they threw into the compound which resulted in a fire outbreak that torched the building, properties and cars in the compound.
A community source said that properties worth millions were destroyed and blamed the police for not responding to the distress calls from the community.
The villager said, “The palace of HRH Eze Ikenolu, the Eze of Ndia iche Arondizuogu has been invaded by the Unknown Gunmen and the people are in the bushes now.
“Until now no response from the police about the palace of HRH Eze Kanu in Ndianiche Arondizuogu, where cars, houses, and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. Or is Arondizuogu no longer part of Imo State?”
The spokesperson of Imo State Police, Henry Okoye said that “frantic investigating efforts are on top gear to arrest the arsonists and bring them to justice”
President Tinubu Appoints Special Investigator To Probe CBN
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed a Special Investigator to probe the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and key Government Business Entities (GBEs).
This is coming after the suspended Governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele is been detained at the office of the Department of State Services.
In a letter obtained by journalists, President Tinubu named the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Jim Osayande Obazee, as the special investigator of the CBN bank.
Tinubu also directed Obazee to report directly to his office.
“By the fundamental objective outlined in Section 15(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), this administration is today, continuing the fight against corruption by appointing you as a Special Investigator, to investigate the CBN and Related Entities. This appointment shall be with immediate effect and you are to report directly to my office.
“The full terms of your engagement as Special Investigator shall be communicated to you in due course but, require that you immediately take steps to ensure the strengthening and probity of key Government Business Entities (GBEs), further block leakages in CBN and related GBEs and provide a comprehensive report on public wealth currently in the hands of corrupt individuals and establishments (whether private or public).
“You are to investigate the CBN and related entities using a suitably experienced, competent and capable team and work with relevant security and anti-corruption agencies to deliver on this assignment. I shall expect a weekly briefing on the progress being made,” Daily Trust quoted President’s letter saying.
Court Orders DSS to Grant Counsel to Emefiele Access to Him
The high court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Abuja, has ordered Department of State Service to allow Counsel to the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele access to him.
The presiding judge, Justice Hamza Muazu granted the interim order in an ex -parte motion brought before the court by Godwin Emefiele as an applicant.
The order of the court is based on the fundamental rights of the applicant presently in the custody of the DSS.
The matter has been adjourned to 20th June, 2023 for commencement of the substantive suit.
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