Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Immigration Arrests Ghanaians Over e-passport

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Tuesday paraded two Ghanaians, Miss Hassana Ishau and Mr. Gabriel Ajah, for attempting to secure a Nigerian e-passport under false pretences.

The Comptroller, NIS Lagos Command, Mr. Lasun Olaitan, while parading the suspects before journalists in Lagos, said that Ishau was apprehended during routine interrogation of applicants.

He added that the female suspect, who said she was from Akwa Ibom State, later confessed that she was from the eastern part of Ghana. She allegedly said that she was aided into securing the e-passport by Ajah and a Nigerian, who is currently at large.

Olaitan further said that it was wrong for a foreigner to attempt to secure a Nigerian passport illegally without fulfilling section 27 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows citizenship through naturalisation.

He said, “In the course of administering passport issuance in Lagos, we came across the malpractices being perpetrated by foreign elements. We have been vigilant in issuing passports and our mandate is to issue passports to Nigerians alone.”

Credit: Punch, Nigeria