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Corruption: Immigration Service Dismisses 8 Personnel, Sanctions 18 Others

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By Segun Ojo

In the aftermath of corrupt practices at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and other Airports across the country, The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that eight officers have been dismissed from the service while eighteen others were sanctioned for various degrees of offenses.

The offenses include indiscipline to employment, racketeering, and other forms of corrupt practices.

According to a statement signed by Kenneth Kure, a Chief Superintendent of Immigration on behalf of the Comptroller General, Isah Idris Jere, said the decision was taken following the approval granted by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), which noted that “the conducts of the personnel have remained grossly unbecoming and unacceptable as members of the Service.”

Kure stressed further that a total of 35 personnel had earlier been presented before both the Senior Disciplinary Committee (SDC) and Orderly Room Trial (ORT) processes “to ascertain their level of culpability in the various allegations of offenses against discipline ranging from employment racketeering, sharp practices, dishonest conducts, absent from duty without official leave (AWOL) among others, as preferred against them.”

“After exhaustive deliberations by the committees, eight personnel comprising one Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI), two Deputy Superintendents of Immigration (DSI), two Assistant Superintendents of Immigration II (ASI2), and three rank and file were summarily dismissed from the Service.

“One other Chief Superintendent of Immigration was ordered to proceed on compulsory retirement while nine other personnel were demoted in rank. They include one Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI2) who has been demoted to the rank of Inspector of Immigration, two Inspectors who have been reduced in rank to Assistant Inspectors, and six (6) other junior personnel who have been ordered to lose their current ranks.

“Nine other personnel comprising, one Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI2) and eight (8) junior personnel were issued warning letters just as six personnel were discharged and acquitted from all the allegations brought against them,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, sometime in October it was gathered that a woman traveler, with the Twitter  handle @derby__, narrated her ordeal at  Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) with some Immigration Officers, accusing them of extortion and bribery, where the picture of one of the officers was displayed.

The woman said the officers had lied to her that since she was not yet 40 years old, she would not be allowed into the United Arab Emirates.

She said she eventually gave out N10,000 bribe to the officers but advised intending young travelers to be wary of the NIS officers at the airport.
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Reacting, NIS said about 100 officers and men hitherto attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos have been redeployed pending the determination of allegations of bribery leveled against them by a traveler.

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