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Passport: Nigerian public officials received N400 billion bribe – BudgIT

Nigerian passport has been described as a major tool of extortion

– According to BudgIT, corruption in Nigeria’s immigration offices is one of the reasons why Nigerian passport is ranked as low as 42nd in Africa

– The organization however urged Nigerians to report cases of extortion and bad service delivery to SERVICOM

Nigerian public officials are alleged to be involved in series of fraudulent activities in the country’s immigration offices.

According to BudgIT, a social advocacy organisation, one major tool of extortion is the Nigerian passport.

The organisation noted that the inherent corruption in the issuance of passports in Nigeria is one of the reasons why Nigerian passport is ranked as low as 42nd in (54 countries) Africa.

Going further, BudgiT argued that bribery thrives in the immigration offices as a result of the rowdy nature of the offices. It added that as a result of this, NIS officers utilise the situation to rip off desperate (and non-desperate) applicants.

“By perpetuating an industry of “black market passport,” @nigimmigration officers are not only ripping off Nigerians. They are also the reason behind the loss of confidence in public institutions and a failing country. It’s time we changed!” the organisation wrote.

However, the organisation released two steps in which fraud can be stopped.

1. Report cases of extortion and bad service delivery to SERVICOM [@ServicomOffice].

2. Don’t encourage corruption by paying the unofficial price or lobbying.

BudgIT asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remove fuel subsidy as it believes that the country was putting itself in problem.

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