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Two Immigration Officials Barred From Airports In Nigeria For Extorting 14-Year-Old Traveler

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Sequel to a case of extortion which was reported by a woman on Twitter, lamenting how her 14-year-old daughter travelling on Lufthansa Airline on February 19 was extorted of the sum of N8000 by two immigration officers, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has withdrawn the On-Duty Card (ODC) of the two officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Though the identities of th two officers were not revealed, but they were also barred from working at any Nigerian airport.

This was made known in a statement on Friday by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Faithful A. Hope-Ivbaze.

She said with the help CCTV footage at the Airport, the officers involved were identified and with the cooperation from the Nigerian Immigration Service, investigations were easy.

She said, “Consequently, the officers were made to refund the exact amount collected from the passenger.

“Their On Duty Cards were also withdrawn permanently, and they have been banned from working in any Nigerian airport, to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We would like to commend the mother of the child, who has confirmed receipt of the money, for deeming it fit to escalate the case, and assisting us tremendously in the course of our investigation.

“Also, we would like to express our appreciation to the Comptroller of Immigration, MMA and her team for her cooperation and support in addressing this issue.

“The Authority will continue to identify and sanction any airport official (including FAAN officials) found to be extorting passengers or perpetuating any act of illegality at our airports.”