The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, in an unscheduled visit to the Lagos office of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) directed the country’s immigration officers to allow the citizens living in the diaspora to enter the country with an expired passport. 

Driving the news 
The Minister, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola disclosed that Nigerians could return to the country either with an expired or a non-expired passport. The Minister made the statement in response to a complaint by Mr. Jamui Kasumu, a Nigerian-American citizen who stated Nigerian immigration officers in America hindered him from returning to the country due to an expired passport. 

What more?
The Minister, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, further instructed all Nigerian immigration offices world-wide to comply with the new directive. He said, “I am using this medium to instruct all Nigeria Immigration Officers World-Wide to accord Nigerian travellers with expired passports to use such passports to return safely back home henceforth.”

In case you missed it 

  • The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) last week launched an e-Passport for its citizens in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. 
  • The passport’s booklet comes in 3 categories; 32-page with a 5-year validity, 64-page with a 5-year validity and 64-page with a 10-year validity.
  • This innovation is to create ease by which Nigerians in the diaspora can return home at their will. 
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