The Federal Government on Monday directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to retrieve all valid Nigerian diplomatic and official passports from persons who are not entitled to hold such documents.
The directive is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Yusuf Isiaka,the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Interior.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Federal Government has been drawn to the fact that some Nigerians who are not entitled to hold diplomatic and official passports are in possession of these documents.
“The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Mr Abubakar Magaji, has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to retrieve all valid diplomatic and official passports with immediate effect from all persons who are not entitled to hold such documents.”
It explained that the measure was intended to protect and promote Nigeria’s integrity in the comity of nations, in addition to ensuring law and order.
The Street Journal recalls that a suspected Palestinian terrorist was last week arrested at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon, in possession of a valid Nigerian international passport on his way to Nigeria.
While the storm that the incident generated had yet to calm down, Mr David Paradang, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, was ordered to proceed on indefinite suspension on Friday by the Federal Government.