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Nigerian Immigration Service opens 24 hours express passport center

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A Nigerian officer holds passports for his troops preparing to board a U.S. military plane in the Nigerian capital Abuja October 28, 2004, before flying to El-Fasher in Darfur to reinforce an expanded African Union peacekeeping effort in the violent region of western Sudan. The U.S. airlift is the first U.S. military deployment in the Darfur conflict. REUTER/Finbarr O’Reilly FOR/SM

The Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), on Tuesday, opened a 24 hours express passport processing center in Maitama, Abuja, to cater to applicants who are in need of passports within the shortest possible time.

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The express booklets can be accessed at the cost of N20, 000 within three days but for those who wish to get it within 24 hours, they would be charged N30, 000.

In a communique issued from the office of the public relations officer of the service, Sunday James, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the new center is aimed at ensuring that individuals procure passports almost immediately in situations of urgency.

He said that “the opening of the center is timely as it has added value to service to Nigerians.”

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According to him, this new step will further minimize human contact thereby eliminating sharp practices and enhance public health protocol in line with government’s efforts at combating COVID- 19.

Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede, described the center as a step towards solving problems associated with passport processing.

He said “it will provide speedy and guaranteed service for applicants willing to pay premium charges.”

Babandede also warned the public to only make online payments for passport and other immigration services through the agency’s official website or designated banks listed on the website

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