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Immigration officers to undergo compulsory drug tests – Comptroller

Valentine Chinyem

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In a bid to improve the efficiency of its service to the public, officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) would undergo compulsory drug tests.

This was made known on Saturday by the NIS Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede during the 3rd Conversion Course’ Passing-out Parade (POP) of the Service, held at the Nigeria Immigration Training School, Kano.

According to him, the weapons are meant to protect Nigerians, hence the Service cannot allow any drug addict or drug-dependent person to handle its weapons, adding that, “that would be too expensive to handle.”

He pointed out that he would be the first to submit himself for the testing exercise, noting that those who failed to scale through the test would be rehabilitated, while those officers who remained addicted to drugs after the rehabilitation, would be dismissed.

More so, Babandede cautioned officers against engaging in any form of extortion and inducement in the discharge of their duties, saying the service would not condone such misconduct.

On the new visa regime, he allayed fears being expressed in some quarters that relaxing the issuance process would open the country’s borders to all manner of persons or would undermine national security.

“To those already nursing fear on the new visa regime, let me say the new system will not breach national security. We are taking necessary measures and strategies to ensure the system is not distorted. We would not allow foreigners to come to take over local jobs in the new visa regime,” he stated.

“We would also not tolerate officers extorting money from the public we are meant to serve, irrespective of his or her origin,” he added.