The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Martin Abeshi, has ordered the removal of all roadblocks at border areas of the country.
Abeshi also directed immigration personnel against the issuance of passports to terrorists, kidnappers and other criminals.
Abeshi, who gave this directive during a meeting with senior officials, including border control and passport officials of the service, further insisted on thorough screening of applicants before issuing them Nigerian passports.
He said that acts of corruption will no longer be tolerated, warning that indicted personnel would face the law.
He said, “I don’t also see any reason in the blocking of road by our officers, if you see any foreigner, ask him to alight from the vehicle, screen him and allow the vehicle to go, there is no need blocking the highway with wood and tyres, the police have stopped roadblock, don’t block the highway in whatever form.
“You must not engage in indiscriminate issuance of passports; you know that Nigeria is battling with terrorism now, you must, therefore, screen passport applicants thoroughly before issuing applicants with passports.
“It is a security document and it must not be issued to kidnappers, terrorists and other criminals; penalty for doing this is very stiff, don’t say you have not been warned.”