Nigeria Immigration sacks 518 officers from airports over sharp practices


Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has redeployed 518 officers of the service from five international airports and state commands, “to checkmate sharp practices among the affected officers.”


Many travellers have been complaining of how Immigration officers demand bribe or tips when they encounter them.


Sunday James, the NIS spokesperson, in a statement on Sunday, said that the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, ordered the massive redeployment as part of plans to instil professionalism and enhance service delivery to the public.

The airports are‎ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Port Harcourt International Airport; and Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.


The NIS boss said that the measure was also meant to‎ ‎reduce the number of officers in the formations by half, for efficient service delivery.


Babandede warned immigration officers on the need to align with the “Change” mantra and eliminate all unnecessary bureaucracy in the course of rendering services to the public. The Federal Government recently established the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PBEC, with the mandate to fast track the ease of doing business in Nigeria.


  1. On my outbound leg from MMIA I counted 14 Immigration officers at the passport counter. Of this only two were stamping passport and the rest, I am still wondering what their role is or was at the area. Meanwhile there was a long snaking line into the already congested humid departure/ticket counters. Airlines have been efficient in checking passports for anomalies as they would get a fine if a questionable passport passes through. One thing i am sure of is that the new officers posted to MMIA would be holding thanksgiving because as Ibo traders would say, “dem don hit(kill)”


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