The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for passport processing, as part of efforts to tackle extortion and corruption in its offices all across the country.
NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja.
Mr James said that the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has directed that henceforth all payments for passport processing must be done online and through designated banks.
“All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts,” he said.
“Passport applicants are therefore advised to visit the NIS official website www.immigration.gov.ng to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian International Passports and age groups before making payments,” he added.
Mr James further urged Nigerians to direct any complaint or enquiries they may have to 07080607900 and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.