The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, has pledged stiff punishment for any officer who connived with politicians to flout immigration laws.
He complained that politicians now get free passage through the borders without checks by immigration officers. Speaking during the decoration of 14 Assistant Comptrollers-General with their new rank in Abuja on Tuesday, the CG said 15 persons were being prosecuted for falsely claiming loss of their e-passports.
Advising the new ACGs, the NIS boss said, “I will like to task you to be more dedicated and supervise those who are working under you. You must be very vigilant and watch people who cross our borders.
“There are people who cross our borders without appearing before immigration. In recent time, some politicians and big men think they can pass through the borders without passing through immigration officers.
“It is an offence under the Act, you are liable to punishment regardless of whoever you are. You and the officer involved will be prosecuted because officers don’t have immunity, because it is a law that a person must present himself and pass through immigration.”
Babandede said an immigration officer was facing criminal charges for helping an applicant to get a court affidavit in order to obtain an e-passport, warning that an NIS officer cannot be a regulator and a broker at the same time.