Why Nigeria Immigration sacks 518 officers from airports

Why Immigration sacks 518 officers from airports

Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has redeployed 518 officers of the service from five international airports and state commands, “to checkmate sharp practices among the affected officers.”

Many travellers have been complaining of how Immigration officers demand bribe or tips when they encounter them.

Sunday James, the NIS spokesperson, in a statement on Sunday, said that the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, ordered the massive redeployment as part of plans to instil professionalism and enhance service delivery to the public.

The airports are‎ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Port Harcourt International Airport; and Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.

The NIS boss said that the measure was also meant to‎ ‎reduce the number of officers in the formations by half, for efficient service delivery

Babandede warned immigration officers on the need to align with the change mantra and eliminate all unnecessary bureaucracy in the course of rendering services to the public.

The Federal Government recently established the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PBEC, with the mandate to fast track the ease of doing business in Nigeria.



  1. They need to sack all of them. I just went they Lagos airport, and they harassed me at every check point demanding money. I had to tell the officer that i will be endangering my life and others on the flight by bribing you because that means i will be allowed to take on contraband that can harm others by just bribing you. Bribing airport official is not only bad but it’s a security issue because then anyone can carry anything on the flight once they bribe their way thru. All travelers should stop bribing these corrupted officials.

  2. Col Ali needs to do similar to Customs Officers at the airport as they are very Corrupt! If you carry a packaged ola-ola yam flor Harris and bean flour, they will tell you ” You are exporting foodstuffs ” but give them 1000 naira , end of story and your suitcase can go. Ali and the Command need to SPELL OUT WHAT CAN BE TAKEN OUT BY PASSENGERS , and the QUANTITY as the current situation is gives room for massive Graft and more often than not their senior boss is seating there watching…..probably calculating the amount coming to him! Mtcheeeeeeeew

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