On Friday, the Nigerian Immigration Service fired eight criminals in connection with disciplinary offences, employment extortion and other forms of corruption. In addition, 18 police officers were sanctioned for the same reason.

Last month, NIS Comptroller-General Isah Idris ordered an investigation into a racketeering case perpetrated by agency officials at Lagos Ikeja Murtala Muhammad Airport.

The order comes after recent outcry Twitter A Nigerian who travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said they carried out massive extortion of Nigerians under the age of 40 travelling to the Gulf city. Idris also ordered the entire shift to be “pulled out” at the time of the incident.

Public relations department immigration director Kenneth Kure issued a statement on Friday on behalf of Comptroller-General Isah Idris, saying 100 of the 100 working at Lagos Murtala Mohammed International Airport The personnel were deployed at the airport with immediate effect.

Idris pointed out that as service personnel, the behavior of these personnel is still very inappropriate and unacceptable.

He said the decision was made following approval by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Commission.

The immigration chief was ordered to retire and nine others were demoted.

The court “after exhaustive deliberation by the committee, eight officers were summarily dismissed, including a chief immigration supervisor, two deputy immigration supervisors, two assistant immigration supervisors II and three general staff.”

A father of three whose two sons are studying in the UK, Joseph said on Monday while applauding the move, he was the happiest person to hear the news.

He said: “My sons always have to travel with extra cash because immigration officers are always extorting money from them. The last time was a few months ago. I’m pissed that if it wasn’t for the tuition I paid, I would Would stop them from traveling together. I have a lot of respect for the immigration leadership. I am delighted.”

Another traveler, who did not want to be named, said he was glad at least he and other travelers could now travel without fear of blackmail.

Furthermore, Okeke Solomon, a traveler who claims to have been blackmailed by immigration officials while traveling abroad and returning to the country, said the development was long overdue.

“USCIS needs to fire more officers who err so others know they’re not above the law,” Solomon said.



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