Immigration Introduces Harmonised Passport

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June 13, 2006/thisday



As part of efforts to check-mate those who hide under the umbrella of religious pilgrimage to perpetrate criminality abroad, the Nigerian Immigration Service is to commence the issuance of a harmonised pilgrims passport for Christians and Moslems.

A release signed by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Ekpedeme King, Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI), said henceforth, only holders of the harmonised pilgrims passport would be allowed to travel out for religious rites, including Umrah.

He said the objective of this reform is to check abuses associated with Nigerian travel documents by unpatriotic Nigerians, who hide under the canopy of religious pilgrimage to perpetuate criminality.

The validity period of the harmonised pilgrim passport, according to King, is three months from the date of issuance.

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr. Chukwurah Udeh availed himself of this platform to appeal to Nigerians to support the on-going reforms by the Nigeria Immigration Service aimed at ensuring best practices in modern migration management by following due process when applying for Immigration facilities.

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