Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 July 2011

Nigeria: Airport Immigration Boss Warns Against Extortion

Deputy Comptroller of Immigration Service in charge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Garba Babantalle Abdullahi, has warned against extortion by his officers and men. He says the command will not tolerate any act of indiscipline or misconduct from any of his men in the discharge of their duty.

Abdullahi was speaking while playing host to the executive of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC).

He said the era of officers conniving with travelers to commit crime was over, warning that any officer caught will be dealt with accordingly.

He noted that the impression received by travelers on arrival at the airport goes a long way in making or marring the image of the country.

According to Abdullahi, measures have been put in place to ensure the immediate clearance of passengers on arrival during peak period at the airport without delay.

Earlier, the chairman of LAAC Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo appreciated the efforts of the Immigration command in checkmating the activities of passport and visa racketeers around the airport.

Iwelunmo appealed to the Immigration boss to always release information to the press and not to see any constructive report as being aimed at attacking the service.

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