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NIS officers sanctioned for sharp practices

Nigeria Immigration Service says it has dismissed eight officers and sanctioned 18 others for sharp practices ranging from job racketeering, indiscipline, and other acts of corruption.

Among those sanctioned were about 100 Immigration officers formerly attached to the Murtala Muhammed International airport, who have now been redeployed pending the outcome of the bribery allegations levied against them.    

A statement signed by Chief Superintendent of Immigration, Kenneth Kure, on behalf of the Comptroller General of NIS, Isah Idris Jere said their dismissal and sanctioning follows an approval granted by the Civil Defense, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board.

Kure revealed that a total of 35 officers were initially presented for trial, before the senior Disciplinary Committee (SDC) and Orderly Room Trial (ORT) to determine their culpability in the various allegations of “offenses against sharp practices, dishonest conducts, absent from duty without official leave(AWOL) among others” preferred against them.

Who was dismissed by the committee?

At the end of the trial, eight officers comprising one Chief Superintendent of Immigration, two Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, two Assistant Superintendents of Immigration II, and three rank-and-file officers were summarily dismissed from service.

Also, one Chief Superintendent of Immigration was ordered to go on compulsory retirement, while nine other officers were demoted in ranks.

Another nine Immigration Officers comprising one Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II and eight junior officers were issued warning letters, while six other officers were discharged and acquitted from all allegations brought against them.

You would recall that earlier in October, NIS trended on Twitter, following a tweet by @derby_ narrating her ordeal in the hands of some NIS officers at the Lagos airport, where she accused them of extortion and bribery. She even went as far as displaying the picture of the accused Immigration officers.  

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