Over 8,000 Nigerians Yet to Collect Their Passports from Immigration Offices
The Federal Government of Nigeria has published a list of 8,611 Nigerians who are yet to collect their passports from the Immigration offices across the country.
The government made the announcement through its official Twitter handle, which was retweeted by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
The Nigeria Immigration Service had earlier reported that over 148,000 passports were awaiting collection nationwide since 2020.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, Anthony Akuneme, had stated that some owners of the passports had input incorrect contact details at the point of registration, making it difficult for the NIS to reach them.
To ensure that the owners of the abandoned passports are reached, the Comptroller-General, Isa Idris, had deployed a team of senior officers nationwide. However, passports whose owners could not be reached at the end of the exercise would not be destroyed as they remain the property of the Federal Government, News About Nigeria reports.
In a bid to inform the public and ensure that the remaining passports are collected, the Federal Government published the list of the affected Nigerians on its website. The list includes data such as surname, first name, other name, passport number, and production date.
The government has called on Nigerians whose names were published to visit the passport office to pick up their passports. It is important to note that a passport is a vital document and its collection should not be delayed.